A simple, technology-neutral lingua franca for location systems, applied to combined indoor-outdoor navigation

Morse, David R.; Gedenryd, Henrik and Holland, Simon (2002). A simple, technology-neutral lingua franca for location systems, applied to combined indoor-outdoor navigation. Technical Report 2002/10; Department of Computing, The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.00015ff7

Abstract

One of the challenges in ubiquitous computing research has been that no single location sensing technology is likely ever to meet all requirements. This has led to the development of a number of technical solutions and infrastructures that attempt to hide the complexities of dealing with more than one location sensing technology behind a consistent Applications Programmers Interface. In this paper we propose a lingua franca for location sensing technologies that emphasises simplicity and universality. Our proposal is not tied to any particular location sensing technology and it can be applied to all locations, both outdoors and indoors. In addition, the paper describes a prototype navigation application that has been applied to a retail shopping scenario, in situations where more than one location sensing technology is required.

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