The technology works by creating a local mesh network between devices
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Spotted: The internet has become so ingrained in our daily lives that most of us can’t envision life without it. However, there are still many parts of the world where internet access is unavailable or unreliable. Mexican startup Bridgefy is on a mission to connect users even without internet access.
Bridgefy leverages other nearby smartphones’ Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antennas to create a mesh network that connects devices within a 330-foot range. The company has developed a free offline messaging app but this is not the only use of its technology, which also allows apps to function without an Internet connection.
Only those apps within the Bridgefy network can provide services to users without internet access. But the startup has developed a software development kit (SDK) that helps app developers easily incorporate the mesh network technology into their iOS or Android code.
Bridgefy created the SDK to get their product out to a wider audience faster and with less hassle. Thanks to Bridgefy, developers can now provide their users with offline capabilities in a variety of situations, whether it be for messaging, payments, or even social networking.
Bridgefy charges companies depending on how many users they attract while using the app offline. The company expects to be able to support ride-hailing apps, cruise ship apps, educational apps, social media, and gaming.
One of the most successful uses of the technology is a collaboration between Bridgefy and SkyAlert that helps citizens connected in times of natural disaster. SkyAlert, which is also based in Mexico, issues earthquake warnings shortly before they happen.
Other innovations, spotted by Springwise, that look to extend connectivity include smaller satellites for faster internet, a satellite communication network for remote communities, and a startup that brings Wi-Fi to remote farm communities.
Written By: Katrina Lane