Guwahati: Amidst the protest against Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, Assam has been plunged into digital darkness for the past one week due to Internet shutdown. Here's the 'Bridgefy App' to help you to communicate through Bluetooth despite being in an ‘off the grid’ environment.
As we all know Internet shutdowns mean no access to WhatsApp, social media, iMessage and other 2G, 3G and 4G-based activities. But, 'Bridgefy App' has been trending on Twitter for the past few days.
Interestingly, there are media reports stating that 'Bridgefy App' has gone viral this year in various parts of the world, including Hong Kong during the anti-government protests.
'Bridgefy App' is quite similar to 'Firechat' which offers Internet-free messaging.
How does 'Bridgefy App' works?
Technically speaking there are three modes in which Bridgefy works. The first is ‘one to one’ whereby two users turn their Bluetooth on and, within about 100 metres of each other, can privately message.
The second and currently most used is the ‘one-to-one long-distance’ system where one can communicate with people more than 330 feet away by connecting through other Bridgefy users found in the middle as carriers.
The third is the ‘broadcast’ system, which has also been useful during protests, wherein a user can send a mass-message to other Bridgefy users in their vicinity even if the other users are not in their contacts list.
Bridgefy requires an Internet connection to activate the technology that powers the app.
It may be mentioned that so far, on social media, Bridgefy has not seen any backings from politicians or companies and the urge to acquire the app seem to come from various journalists and programmers across India.