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Dynamic Event-Based Allocation of Temporary Cloud Storage Space using Li-Fi technology Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247420D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

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A method of dynamically creating cloud storage space for meetings is disclosed. When a user creates a meeting using a meeting management tool, a collaborative workspace is created in the cloud, where users can share files and data during the meeting. Security is added through a localised method of communication, which means the files are only accessible at the specified meeting location(s). After the meeting has finished, the cloud storage space is reallocated and relevant files are sent to all participants.

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Dynamic Event-Based Allocation of Temporary Cloud Storage Space using Li-Fi technology

There are multiple issues associated with efficiently transferring data within an environment such as an office meeting, or a public event. This includes problems

with file distribution, which is often done over multiple and unsecured mediums, with

no ability to automatically discriminate between those present at the event within its duration and those not. It can also be a problem with large events to ensure that all intended recipients receive the distributed files, and unintended recipients do not,

whilst retaining the data in the cloud for the duration of the event only to reduce

storage costs for archived redundant data.

    Following the event, the cloud storage space is no longer necessary. Cloud storage may be viewed as a business resource, and efficiently redistributing this resource could significantly cut down on data hosting costs.

    The proposed invention is for the creation of temporary cloud storage space that is tied to a specific physical event location, is only accessible for a specific event duration, and is reallocated afterwards.

It has numerous advantages over the prior art:

1) It allows for efficient allocation and reallocation of cloud storage space based on what files are needed at specific times in specific locations, freeing up space that would normally be used for archives;

2) It can create physically isolated networks, significantly reducing the potential for eavesdropping on sensitive material;

3) It ensures secure file transfer by limiting transfer to a specific location and time - a digital version of a briefcase handover

We propose multiple use cases for the technology:

1) Secure meetings in closed environments in which sensitive data is transmitted;

2) A museum exhibit, for providing locally accessible information about exhibit features;

3) A public convention, where companies can offer exclusive downloads to

encourage attendance and physical interaction;

4) Integration with augmented reality and mobile games, for example the popular Pokemon Go, where locationality is a key feature and encouraging

physical travel is a core concept.

The advantage of using Li-Fi lies in the line-of-sight restriction. This ties in

well with the proposed use cases. A secure meeting behind closed doors would ensure that only those present could "see" the Li-Fi signal and thus eavesdroppers

would be unable to access the connection. Conversely, a public event may be held in a more open area, allowing access to people in the near vicinity. In this case the data may be considered public, but it retains the restriction on locational and temporal dependence, allowing for distribution of "event exclusive" materials. This may be advantageous to, for example, a museum, which may have limited duration

exhibits, and they wish to allow customers to access specific data whilst they are there at the time when the exhibit is operating.

    The system involv...