Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 355–364 | Cite as

Understanding and measuring the urban pervasive infrastructure

  • Vassilis Kostakos
  • Tom Nicolai
  • Eiko Yoneki
  • Eamonn O’Neill
  • Holger Kenn
  • Jon Crowcroft
Original Article

Abstract

The increasing popularity of mobile computing devices has allowed for new research and application areas. Specifically, urban areas exhibit an elevated concentration of such devices enabling potential ad-hoc co-operation and sharing of resources among citizens. Here, we argue that people, architecture and technology together provide the infrastructure for these applications and an understanding of this infrastructure is important for effective design and development. We focus on describing the metrics for describing this infrastructure and elaborate on a set of observation, analysis and simulation methods for capturing, deriving and utilising those metrics.

Keywords

Mobile applications Pervasive computing Computing methodologies Simulation and modelling Mobility 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vassilis Kostakos
    • 1
  • Tom Nicolai
    • 2
  • Eiko Yoneki
    • 3
  • Eamonn O’Neill
    • 1
  • Holger Kenn
    • 2
  • Jon Crowcroft
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of BathBathUK
  2. 2.TZI, Wearable Computing LabUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  3. 3.Computer LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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