Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems. Third International ICST Conference, MOBILIGHT 2011, Bilbao, Spain, May 9-10, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

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Social Acceptance and Usage Experiences from a Mobile Location-Aware Service Environment

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-29479-2_14,
        author={Bernhard Klein and Jorge Perez and Christian Guggenmos and Olli Pihlajamaa and Immo Heino and Javier Ser},
        title={Social Acceptance and Usage Experiences from a Mobile Location-Aware Service Environment},
        proceedings={Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems. Third International ICST Conference, MOBILIGHT 2011, Bilbao, Spain, May 9-10, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBILIGHT},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={Prosumer concept peer-to-peer semantic location model micro-services user trial},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29479-2_14}
    }
    
  • Bernhard Klein
    Jorge Perez
    Christian Guggenmos
    Olli Pihlajamaa
    Immo Heino
    Javier Ser
    Year: 2012
    Social Acceptance and Usage Experiences from a Mobile Location-Aware Service Environment
    MOBILIGHT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29479-2_14
Bernhard Klein1,*, Jorge Perez2,*, Christian Guggenmos1,*, Olli Pihlajamaa3,*, Immo Heino3,*, Javier Ser2,*
  • 1: DeustoTech - Deusto Institute of Technology
  • 2: TECNALIA Research and Innovation
  • 3: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
*Contact email: bernhard.klein@deusto.es, jorge.perez@tecnalia.com, christian.guggenmos@deusto.es, olli.pihlajamaa@vtt.fi, immo.heino@vtt.fi, javier.delser@tecnalia.com

Abstract

MUGGES is a European research project with the goal of evaluating peer-to-peer service concepts based on GNSS systems for mobile phones. MUGGES provides an infrastructure to create, publish, provide and consume mobile micro-services directly from mobile devices. As part of the project four application prototypes have been developed, which allow for the description and sharing of places and routes between users. This paper reports about a user trial conducted in real environments with early adopters. The goal has been to identify benefits and best practices for the type of applications envisioned in the MUGGES project. The obtained results indicate that users like to share information about preferred places or routes, and see it as a complementary application to already existing applications such as Facebook or Twitter. These types of applications are often used in time-killing situations, e.g. at the bus stop. Their value lies on the highlighting of important places or non-everyday events, and on making daily coordinations simpler. People feel that the application is less intrusive, since no information such as the whereabouts of persons are shared anyhow.