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Future wireless applications for a networked city: services for visitors and residents

Davies, Nigel and Cheverst, Keith and Friday, Adrian and Mitchell, Keith (2002) Future wireless applications for a networked city: services for visitors and residents. IEEE Wireless Communications, 9 (1). pp. 8-16.

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Abstract

Future wireless networks will offer near-ubiquitous high-bandwidth communications to mobile users. In addition, the accurate position of users will be known, either through network services or via additional sensing devices such as GPS. These characteristics of future mobile environments will enable the development of location-aware and, more generally, context-sensitive applications. In an attempt to explore the system, application, and user issues associated with the development and deployment of such applications, we began to develop the Lancaster GUIDE system in early 1997, finishing the first phase of the project in 1999. In its entirety, GUIDE comprises a citywide wireless network based on 802.11, a context-sensitive tour guide application with, crucially, significant content, and a set of supporting distributed systems services. Uniquely in the field, GUIDE has been evaluated using members of the general public, and we have gained significant experience in the design of usable context-sensitive applications. We focus on the applications and supporting infrastructure that will form part of GUIDE II, the successor to the GUIDE system. These developments are designed to expand GUIDE outside the tour guide domain, and to provide applications and services for residents of the city of Lancaster, offering a vision of the future mobile environments that will emerge once ubiquitous high-bandwidth coverage is available in most cities.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Wireless Communications
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 12117
Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
Deposited On: 21 May 2008 10:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 12:18
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/12117

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