A Prototype Peer to Peer Contact Sharing Mobile Application; The Paradox of Digital Trust

Foster, James, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Jacques, Richard, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Basit, Nada, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia

It has become a painful task to move data and files between two devices if they are not of the same make and model. Technologies such as AirDrop streamline this task on iOS devices, but do not work cross-platform. Other applications that address this problem use a client-server architecture that forces all data to pass through an intermediary server hosted online before reaching their destination. In this paper, the development details of a prototype peer to peer mobile application are described. An application that can work offline and send data between two devices seamlessly by just using Bluetooth Low Energy and WiFi LAN. This prototype application successfully transferred data from one mobile device to another while offline and proved that peer to peer mobile applications are viable.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
trust, peer to peer, prototype

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Technical Advisor: Nada Basit
STS Advisor: Richard Jacques

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