'Follow me': a web-based, location-sharing architecture for large, indoor environments
Author(s)Ypodimatopoulos, Polychronis; Lippman, Andrew B.
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We leverage the ubiquity of bluetooth-enabled devices and propose a decentralized, web-based architecture that allows users to share their location by following each other in the style of Twitter. We demonstrate a prototype that operates in a large building which generates a dataset of detected bluetooth devices at a rate of ~30 new devices per day, including the respective location where they were last detected. Users then query the dataset using their unique bluetooth ID and share their current location with their followers by means of unique URIs that they control. Our separation between producers (the building) and consumers (the users) of bluetooth device location data allows us to create socially-aware applications that respect user's privacy while limiting the software necessary to run on mobile devices to just a web browser.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory; Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on World Wide Web, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Association for Computing Machinery
Ypodimatopoulos, Polychronis, and Andrew Lippman. "‘Follow Me’: A Web-based, Location-Sharing Architecture for Large, Indoor Environments." in Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on World Wide Web, April 26-30, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, ACM Press, 2010. 1375. Web.
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