Hyperlocal Context

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What is hyperlocal context?

Hyperlocal context is a machine-readable, real-time contextual representation of a physical space on a human scale: a digital snapshot of who/what is where/how.

Hyperlocal context is derived by processing a real-time stream of ambient data.

Ambient Data

Why hyperlocal context?

If the Internet of Things is defined as:

enabl[ing] computers to observe, identify and understand the world—without the limitations of human-entered data.

then hyperlocal context is a web-standard means for computers to represent, store and communicate their understanding of the physical world.

Establishing hyperlocal context

Hyperlocal context is effectively a graph:

  • nodes are radio-identifiable devices (i.e. physical things)
  • edges are radio decodings (i.e. proximity)
  • each node may include hyperlinks to additional data (i.e. digital twins)

Exchanging hyperlocal context

Hyperlocal context can be shared among the occupants of a space in either machine-readable or human-readable form, facilitating mutual discovery and information exchange. As such, hyperlocal context augments real-time human-scale interactions as a spontaneous and collective source of contextual feedback.

The science of hyperlocal context

IEEE IoP 2017
Towards collective hyperlocal contextual awareness among heterogeneous RFID systems

Jeffrey Dungen, Juan Pinazo (reelyActive)


IIKI 2013
Hyperlocal Context to Facilitate an Internet of Things Understanding of the World

Jeffrey Dungen, Pier-Olivier Genest (reelyActive)


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