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Examining Micro-Payments for Participatory Sensing Data Collections

By Sasank Reddy, Deborah Estrin, Mark Hansen and Mani Srivastava


The rapid adoption of mobile devices that are able to capture and transmit a wide variety of sensing modalities (media and location) has enabled a new data collection paradigm- participatory sensing. Participatory sensing initiatives organize individuals to gather sensed information using mobile devices through cooperative data collection. A major factor in the success of these data collection projects is sustained, high quality participation. However, since data capture requires a time and energy commitment from individuals, incentives are often introduced to motivate participants. In this work, we investigate the use of micro-payments as an incentive model. We define a set of metrics that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of incentives and report on findings from a pilot study using various micro-payment schemes in a university campus sustainability initiative. Author Keywords Participatory sensing, incentives, mobile sensing system

Topics: Design, Experimentation, Human Factors
Year: 2011
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