Proximity Networking for a Seamless Interaction

“Proximity networking” is the key towards the next generation IoT development, enabling a seamless interaction between a myriad of IoT devices, as well as people.  The word proximity is powerful, which captures not only the spatial relationship between things/people, but also reflects their interaction within the given space. Interaction is impossible without a network. Hence, we coined the notion of “proximity networking” to model the interaction between multiple IoT devices and people in the IoT ecosystem.

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“This site is created to promote the notion of proximity networking in realizing a seamless interaction between multiple things/people. We envision the “proximity networking” as a notable solution to bring the IoT development to the next height, to bridge the gap between heterogeneous devices, and to encourage unmanned interaction for a better IoT ecosystem.

You might wonder why “proximity networking”? As stated by Julie Beck in her book entitled “How Friends become closer”:

Even though extended, remote social networks are more accessible than ever for anyone with an internet connection, proximity still makes a difference.

Despite the current advancement in wireless communications, we cannot deny that the way we interact is still affected by our “proximity”. Look at the things or people around you: your proximity REFLECTS your relationship with these things. The lack of interaction is probably one of the obvious drawbacks in the IoT development, where most IoT-enabled devices operate independently although they are in the same vicinity. Well, before an interaction can take place, we need to be able to model the proximity network, which is random in consequence to the unpredictable mobility of the mobile nodes, and the unknown topological distribution of the static nodes.

This site is dedicated to managing the in-the-progress research works related to proximity networking and interaction. We welcome any positive and critical feedback. Note that most parts of this site are incomplete, and interdisciplinary research is deemed required to achieve a holistic development. If you shared the same vision, we welcome your joint efforts and contributions in making whole the concept of proximity for networking and interaction. ”

– Pc. Ng –