Miraveo was founded just over a year ago with the support of the Universitat Politčcnica de Catalunya (UPC), which is one of the shareholders. The company has already taken its first strides within the technology sector and is optimistic about the future. Jorge García Vidal, lecturer at the UPC's Barcelona School of Informatics, is head of the project in Barcelona: "We have developed software that can be used with different applications, that is, a spontaneous proximity network that can be used to link different mobile devices using Wi-Fi technology." Wi-Fi is a system of sending data between computer networks that uses radio waves and does not require cables.
Miraveo came up with the idea of using the freedom and ubiquity of Wi-Fi to facilitate a social network for any user with a mobile device. Anybody who has a mobile phone, a laptop or another similar device can connect with any other person around them. This gives the concept of mobility another dimension, with the added value that users know which people are around them at all times, and can connect with whoever they want, exchange photos and videos, make arrangements with friends and family, and so on. By way of example, a group of people with mobile phones or laptops on which the Miraveo software is running can spontaneously, at any time or in any place, make an arrangement to go to a concert, see a film, or have a coffee. Consequently, this represents a new way of interacting socially with the people around you.
"We provide the platform on which other companies can create the applications that their users require", he added. "The idea is similar to that of a mobile phone detecting the Bluetooth devices that are around it", he qualified. The Miraveo software will be available for purchase online or through other Wi-Fi devices.