The social network for the real world


Within the Onlive project, TNO, in collaboration with RS New Media Concepts, among others, conducted research into new communication for people all over the world. The Onlive project focuses on the local connection of people who are close in the physical environment. It combines the mobile experience and new Bluetooth technologies. Onlive will eventually become a platform that can be used to provide various services to end users.

What does Onlive look like?
For the end user, Onlive is an app that they install on their smartphone. An app that is very aware of its environment. When the user opens the app, the user sees the groups he or she is part of. Unlike apps such as WhatsApp, the user does not need to be invited to a group or to join a group manually. With Onlive, the user is automatically added to groups that are relevant to the user and removed from groups that are no longer relevant. There can be several groups at the same time.

The types of groups depend on what is happening around the user

What does this look like in practice?
The user is automatically put in a group with every person in the same room. When the user is at a concert, he or she is automatically in a group with all the people at that concert. When the user is in a city, he or she is automatically part of the group for that city. The types of groups depend on what is happening around the user. To determine which groups the user should be in, all sorts of sensors on the smartphone are used: GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, the microphone and maybe more in the future.

The project
This PPP research project focuses on the research questions related to the realisation of v1.0 of the Onlive roadmap. The aim of this project is therefore to research, in close collaboration with the market, the technological components required for v1.0 of the platform.

Technical components of the v1.0 version of Onlive consist of the dynamic formation of groups and the creation of value through add-on plug-ins. Big data, sensoring and hybrid networks play an important role in this. Different types of new technologies need to be used and integrated to create a secure and scalable platform with which we can realise the business proposition.

The total project costs for this project are estimated at €310,000, including a PPP Allowance of €155,000. The project was completed in 2019.

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