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Flybits is deep-rooted in Research and Innovation. The technology was first conceptualized and proven in this space and has since become world-renowned as an innovator that is consistently pushing the boundaries. We are staying true to our vision; Inspiring Mobility.

Flybits is revolutionizing mobile and context-aware computing, delivering a robust system with innumerable applications in a multitude of verticals. Showcase projects featured here represent a select number of Flybits deployments and success stories.

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Flybits Transit Companion

Flybits Transit lays the foundation for seamless, personalized mobile communications with a unified context-aware mobile application incorporating multi-modal transportation zones e.g.. airports, to public transit and connected vehicle information can be accessible through Flybits Intelligent Mobile Solutions. This functionality and delivery platform is the cornerstone of an innovative set of mobile applications and information services for Smart Cities and Connected Communities. The application supports variety of interfaces to help people with different impediments and it is compliant with iOS Accessibility Guidelines for blind and low vision users.

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Flybits LITE

Flybits leverages the concept of a zone in order to actualize the true sensing capabilities of mobile devices.  Flybits LITE is a social network enabling real-time engagement and collaboration inclusive of locations such as buildings, physical spaces and the world.  Flybits LITE creates opportunities – connecting people and places to possibilities™.

By leveraging an instance of Flybits’ advanced technology, users of Flybits LITE can create and own zones, communicate with visitors/friends, generate customizable and valuable mobile apps and interpret real-time analytics regarding their interactions.

Zones can be viewed as virtual real estate with inherent value. Technology is currently in beta mode and accounts are being released in small sets of 100. Request yours today.

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Our Context-Aware Robot,
Jacque-Louis

Meet Jacques-Louis (JL), Flybits’ French robot companion. Using Flybits technology, JL adapts to different environments (context) and has the capacity to learn and become smarter day-by-day.

JL adapts to his surroundings and behaves accordingly in environments that are more or less familiar to him. Similarly, he can recognize our teams’ faces and repsond to each of us in a personalized manner. A handsome specimen complete with Artificial Intelligence, JL is not only responsive to users and environments but can also interact with other machines, devices and social platforms. When JL met His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, he respectfully bowed and read him a recent and relevant Twitter tweet.

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Flybits Campus Assistant

With support by Ryerson University, Flybits developed the Flybits Campus Assistant; a tool that provides students and faculty with relevant, university-related mobile news and services while they are on campus. Class schedules, staff directories, campus facility hours and so on can be mapped to geo-fenced spaces and become readily available through one simple user interface. Flybits Campus Assistant is a real-time information vehicle through which secure social networking, university notfications (both mass and targeted) as well as content dissemination can be performed in one cohesive platform.

Key features of the tool includes:

  • Students can search the availability of computers or study space on campus in real-time and book if available.
  • If a user is lost, Flybits Campus Assistant identifies their location using GPS, situates them on a campus map and provides directions.
  • Through opportunistic social networking, the application can introduce students with similar interests and complementary academic schedules
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Longitude

Longitude is a context-aware social network that allows people to connect and communicate among one another using the most appropriate and easy method available. Users can add rules and restrictions on how their friends can connect and interact with them based on a number of contextual elements such as location, connection/bandwidth, time of day, personal agenda etc. Contextual data thus triggers behaviours which manage the entirety of the network. Longitude’s flexible architecture is easily customizable, easily allowing the user to add new communication services e.g a new SMS gateway. 

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First Responders

The ever-increasing presence of security cameras identifies an opportunity whereby Flybits intelligent mobile technology can use context parameters to perform device management and gesture recognition. First Responders allows administrators of the management console to control any number of cameras in order to identify specific footage on a camera feed.

The system can manage multiple users at any given time, effectively coordinating controls based on their activity in a camera session. Users can tag areas of the camera feed to notify other administrators of particular points of interest which could be cropped and saved from the feed for future use. A server was integrated to separate and relay the camera feed data so that the network location of each camera remains hidden.

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CAVALIS: Context-Aware Vehicular and Logistics Information Systems

CAVALIS is a unified software framework that delivers a series of intuitive, easy-to-use and customized Traveller Information Services. CAVALIS has helped with the analysis of existing Intelligent Transport Systems for the purposes of identifying opportunities for enhancement of Traveller Information Services through Cloud Computing, Context-Awareness and Ubiquitous Computing. Similar deployments will be able to improve driving conditions and traffic flow in big cities such as City of Ottawa.

CAVALIS features a self-adaptive user interface that changes based on the speed at which a vehicle is moving in order to prevent driver distraction. Real-time government notifications are delivered based on situational context including; road closures, construction, border wait times, ferry schedule and parking availability within the proximity. Emergency notifications for ambulatory vehicles, fire trucks, police, snow plows and so on can be activated giving drivers advance notice to move aside and clear the way. The Sony SmartWatch accessory has also been integrated for the delivery of quick, concise alerts on the driver’s wrist.

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Golden-i

In collaboration with Appear Networks, Flybits implemented our core middleware solution on the world’s first hands-free and wireless headset computer; Golden-i by Motorola and Kopin. This unique application was designed and developed for a security agent or police officer to intuitively interact within virtually enhanced surroundings. The program presents maps with specific points of interest related to location, displays alerts from motion sensors, calls video feeds from nearby surveillance cameras and remotely triggers lights/sirens in a building. Motorola Solutions awarded Flybits with the Golden-idea Award for developing an advanced security solution using mobile technologies and head-mounted computers.

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Context Awareness and Augmented Reality

Popular applications of augmented reality are typically found in advertising, where products featured can be customized and come to life. However augmented reality markers are incredibly dynamic, and have impactful outcomes beyond advertising when merged with the Flybits context-aware engine (FARE). Flybits uses augmented reality to enhance physical reality with a virtual level of intelligence.  The delivery of information from any particular marker can be customized based on a user’s roaming profile offering precise and customized wayfinding and navigational information to each individual user. In other words, the same augmented reality code paired with FARE intelligence can deliver unique information to each user’s handset. The end product is an inexpensive yet powerful tool for the delivery of information which can adapt to context and perform unique device management functionality.

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ComicA: Utilizing Ontologies and Expert Systems

From Calvin & Hobbes to Archie and Dilbert – ComicA is an automated interactive blogging experiment. Using the Flybits context-aware framework, users can go through their daily life as they normally would and read a personalized comic strip at the end of the day. By mapping context to characters and ontologies, Flybits can generate unique comic strips based on context that was calculated and stored throughout the day. Entertainment aside, this example of expert systems reveals integrated advertising opportunities on a platform expected to yield high participation and readership.

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Ryerson Social Table

Flybits integration with newfound technology can realize new functionality and applications not originally considered when the hardware was created. For instance, when Flybits middleware is deployed on the Microsoft Surface Table, an adaptive context-aware social table is discovered. The Ryerson Social Table was introduced at a university event which welcomed guests from various departments and industries. When two guests sat by the table and rested their glasses down, the table would recommend discussion topics to help guide their conversation. The secret to enhancing communication at this event was the placement of unique barcodes at the bottom of each guest’s glass. The system made evident the success of Flybits for interpersonal communication, but also the opportunities for our software when applied to adaptive kiosks and media displays.