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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(4), 647;

Novel Guidance CPS Based on the FatBeacon Protocol

Departamento de Ingeniería Informática y de Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife 38200, Spain
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Received: 21 March 2018 / Revised: 12 April 2018 / Accepted: 17 April 2018 / Published: 20 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Security and Privacy for Cyber Physical Systems)
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Throughout this work, the use of a new technology is proposed to give an innovative solution to the problem of indoor and outdoor positioning and a guidance system in areas where there is no coverage of Internet or global positioning systems. This novel solution is based on the Bluetooth protocol called FatBeacon, created by Google, which can be used in places such as subway stations located below ground, outdoor areas where even 2G coverage is unreachable or simply as an alternative to current technologies that may require an additional cost, such as the Internet in some countries. In particular, this work describes a new solution for supporting tourism called Smart Tourism for which an interactive and non-intrusive guidance application based on the FatBeacon protocol is presented. The developed application informs the users about the way to reach their destination without getting lost and can be used to obtain user data tracking anonymously. In this way, the cooperation between the different systems and components of the scheme creates a distributed ecosystem that is independent of an Internet connection. Since no FatBeacon implementations can be found yet, an experimental implementation was developed to test the proposal, and the obtained results are promising. View Full-Text
Keywords: indoor positioning; Bluetooth Low Energy; user tracking; guidance; beacon; outdoor positioning; cyber physical systems indoor positioning; Bluetooth Low Energy; user tracking; guidance; beacon; outdoor positioning; cyber physical systems

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Lodeiro-Santiago, M.; Santos-González, I.; Caballero-Gil, C.; Caballero-Gil, P.; Herrera-Priano, F. Novel Guidance CPS Based on the FatBeacon Protocol. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 647.

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