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Location based services with personal area network for community and tourism applications

By Montserrat Ros, Matthew D’Souza, Adam Postula and Ian MacColl


The Infopoint Explorer is an outdoor wireless personal area network for location-based services that allows users to access locality information interactively using mobile computing devices such as PDAs and smartphones. The Infopoint explorer was used to study the limitations imposed by inexpensive and popular wireless technologies such as Bluetooth for outdoor location-based services. The Infopoint Explorer functioned as a multimedia guidebook that allowed access to location-specific information using wireless Infopoints. The Infopoints detect and attempt to transfer multimedia content to nearby mobile computing devices using Bluetooth connectivity. An adaptive Bluetooth Inquiry Access Code algorithm was developed to reduce the time taken for the Infopoint to detect nearby devices. The Infopoint was deployed for a four-month trial

Topics: Location-Based Services, Bluetooth Wireless Network, On-Demand Context-Aware Multimedia
Publisher: IET
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1049/cp.2011.0924
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