Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems, and Applications. 5th International Conference, Mobilware 2012, Berlin, Germany, November 13-14, 2012, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Crowd-Based Smart Parking: A Case Study for Mobile Crowdsourcing

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-36660-4_2,
        author={Xiao Chen and Elizeu Santos-Neto and Matei Ripeanu},
        title={Crowd-Based Smart Parking: A Case Study for Mobile Crowdsourcing},
        proceedings={Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems, and Applications. 5th International Conference, Mobilware 2012, Berlin, Germany, November 13-14, 2012, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBILWARE},
        year={2013},
        month={2},
        keywords={mobile crowdsourcing smart parking collaborative sensing},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-36660-4_2}
    }
    
  • Xiao Chen
    Elizeu Santos-Neto
    Matei Ripeanu
    Year: 2013
    Crowd-Based Smart Parking: A Case Study for Mobile Crowdsourcing
    MOBILWARE
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-36660-4_2
Xiao Chen,*, Elizeu Santos-Neto1,*, Matei Ripeanu1,*
  • 1: University of British Columbia
*Contact email: xiaoc@ece.ubc.ca, elizeus@ece.ubc.ca, matei@ece.ubc.ca

Abstract

An increasing number of mobile applications aim to enable “smart cities” by harnessing contributions from citizens armed with mobile devices that have sensing ability. However, there are few generally recognized guidelines for developing and deploying crowdsourcing-based solutions in mobile environments. This paper considers the design of a crowdsourcing-based smart parking system as a specific case study in an attempt to explore the basic design principles applicable to an array of similar applications. Through simulations, we show that the strategies behind crowdsourcing can heavily influence the utility of such applications. Equally importantly, we show that tolerating a certain level of freeriding increases the social benefits while maintaining quality of service level offered. Our findings provide designers with a better understanding of mobile crowdsourcing features and help guide successful designs.