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A Web Service-Based Framework Model for People-Centric Sensing Applications Applied to Social Networking
Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra, Pólo II, Pinhal de Marrocos, Coimbra 3030-290, Portugal
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Received: 5 December 2011; in revised form: 16 January 2012 / Accepted: 2 February 2012 / Published: 7 February 2012
Abstract: As the Internet evolved, social networks (such as Facebook) have bloomed and brought together an astonishing number of users. Mashing up mobile phones and sensors with these social environments enables the creation of people-centric sensing systems which have great potential for expanding our current social networking usage. However, such systems also have many associated technical challenges, such as privacy concerns, activity detection mechanisms or intermittent connectivity, as well as limitations due to the heterogeneity of sensor nodes and networks. Considering the openness of the Web 2.0, good technical solutions for these cases consist of frameworks that expose sensing data and functionalities as common Web-Services. This paper presents our RESTful Web Service-based model for people-centric sensing frameworks, which uses sensors and mobile phones to detect users’ activities and locations, sharing this information amongst the user’s friends within a social networking site. We also present some screenshot results of our experimental prototype.
Keywords: people centric sensing; social networks; wireless sensor networks
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Nunes, D.; Tran, T.-D.; Raposo, D.; Pinto, A.; Gomes, A.; Silva, J.S. A Web Service-Based Framework Model for People-Centric Sensing Applications Applied to Social Networking. Sensors 2012, 12, 1688-1701.
Nunes D, Tran T-D, Raposo D, Pinto A, Gomes A, Silva JS. A Web Service-Based Framework Model for People-Centric Sensing Applications Applied to Social Networking. Sensors. 2012; 12(2):1688-1701.
Nunes, David; Tran, Thanh-Dien; Raposo, Duarte; Pinto, André; Gomes, André; Silva, Jorge Sá. 2012. "A Web Service-Based Framework Model for People-Centric Sensing Applications Applied to Social Networking." Sensors 12, no. 2: 1688-1701.