Dutch company LiveDrop is showcasing new file-sending technology at its Gadget Show. This works wirelessly but without WiFi, Bluetooth or cable – perfect against hackers.
The technology was first demonstrated at CES by Constantin van Oranje, who used it to transfer a file from one smartphone to another. The prince has been representing technology companies at major events for some time.
LiveDrop has been working on the file sending technology for three years. This works via something like a QR code, which you scan on the receiving device. But when QR codes create a link to send something over the Internet or, for example, via Bluetooth, LiveDrop sends the actual data for the file.
In a press release, LiveDrop talks about “the first completely offline data transfer.” This may be a bit of a stretch, after all, we've been exchanging files via USB sticks, CDs and even floppy disks for years. But the system is ideal for smartphones, where you don't just insert a stick to share a file.
Ideal for sensitive data
Since no wireless connection is established, hackers cannot attempt to intercept the signal and thus obtain the file. This would make the system ideal for more sensitive information.
Smartphones were used for the demo, but LiveDrop also works on Windows PCs and laptops. A pilot trial of this technology is currently being implemented at Jeroen Bosch Hospital and Vivent healthcare agency.
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