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


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.


Mobile applications Pervasive computing Computing methodologies Simulation and modelling Mobility 



We would like to thank Alan Penn, Ava Fatah gen. Schiek, Alistair Turner, Tim Kindberg, Przemyslaw Jaworski, George Roussos, Dikaios Papadogkonas, Nils Behrens, Andreas Kemnade, Michael Lawo, Otthein Herzog and Pan Hui. This research is partly funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant EP/C547683/1 (Cityware: urban design and pervasive systems), the European Union under the Haggle integrated project FP6-IST-027918 and the ACCA coordination action FP6-IST-6475.


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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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