Full On-Device Stay Points Detection in Smartphones for Location-Based Mobile Applications
AbstractThe tracking of frequently visited places, also known as stay points, is a critical feature in location-aware mobile applications as a way to adapt the information and services provided to smartphones users according to their moving patterns. Location based applications usually employ the GPS receiver along with Wi-Fi hot-spots and cellular cell tower mechanisms for estimating user location. Typically, fine-grained GPS location data are collected by the smartphone and transferred to dedicated servers for trajectory analysis and stay points detection. Such Mobile Cloud Computing approach has been successfully employed for extending smartphone’s battery lifetime by exchanging computation costs, assuming that on-device stay points detection is prohibitive. In this article, we propose and validate the feasibility of having an alternative event-driven mechanism for stay points detection that is executed fully on-device, and that provides higher energy savings by avoiding communication costs. Our solution is encapsulated in a sensing middleware for Android smartphones, where a stream of GPS location updates is collected in the background, supporting duty cycling schemes, and incrementally analyzed following an event-driven paradigm for stay points detection. To evaluate the performance of the proposed middleware, real world experiments were conducted under different stress levels, validating its power efficiency when compared against a Mobile Cloud Computing oriented solution. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Pérez-Torres, R.; Torres-Huitzil, C.; Galeana-Zapién, H. Full On-Device Stay Points Detection in Smartphones for Location-Based Mobile Applications. Sensors 2016, 16, 1693.
Pérez-Torres R, Torres-Huitzil C, Galeana-Zapién H. Full On-Device Stay Points Detection in Smartphones for Location-Based Mobile Applications. Sensors. 2016; 16(10):1693.Chicago/Turabian Style
Pérez-Torres, Rafael; Torres-Huitzil, César; Galeana-Zapién, Hiram. 2016. "Full On-Device Stay Points Detection in Smartphones for Location-Based Mobile Applications." Sensors 16, no. 10: 1693.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.