1st International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing

Research Article

Collaborative sensing using uncontrolled mobile devices

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/COLCOM.2005.1651206,
        author={Sunil Madhani and Miriam Tauil and Tao Zhang},
        title={Collaborative sensing using uncontrolled mobile devices},
        proceedings={1st International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing},
        keywords={Biosensors  Chemical and biological sensors  Cities and towns  Collaboration  Costs  Information analysis  Monitoring  Software testing  System testing  Vehicle detection},
  • Sunil Madhani
    Miriam Tauil
    Tao Zhang
    Year: 2006
    Collaborative sensing using uncontrolled mobile devices
    DOI: 10.1109/COLCOM.2005.1651206
Sunil Madhani1,*, Miriam Tauil1,*, Tao Zhang1,*
  • 1: Applied Research, Telcordia, Piscataway, NJ, USA
*Contact email: sunil@research.telcordia.com, miriam@research.telcordia.com, tao@research.telcordia.com


This paper considers how uncontrolled mobiles can be used to collaboratively accomplish sensing tasks. Uncontrolled mobiles are mobile devices whose movements cannot be easily controlled for the purpose of achieving a task. Examples include sensors mounted on mobile vehicles of people to monitor air quality and to detect potential airborne nuclear, biological, or chemical agents. We describe an approach for using uncontrolled mobile devices for collaborative sensing. Considering the potentially large number of mobile sensors that may be required to monitor a large geographical area such as a city, a key issue is how to achieve a proper balance between performance and costs. We present analytical results on the rate of information reporting by uncontrolled mobile sensors needed to cover a given geographical area. We also present results from testbed implementations to demonstrate the feasibility of using existing low-cost software technologies and platforms with existing standard protocols for information reporting and retrieval to support a large system of uncontrolled mobile sensors.