2nd International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks

Research Article

BeTelGeuse: a tool for Bluetooth data gathering

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/bodynets.2007.148,
        author={Petteri Nurmi and Joonas Kukkonen and Eemil Lagerspetz and Jukka Suomela and Patrik Flor\^{e}en},
        title={BeTelGeuse: a tool for Bluetooth data gathering},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks},
        keywords={Data gathering Body area networks Sensor networks Bluetooth Java},
  • Petteri Nurmi
    Joonas Kukkonen
    Eemil Lagerspetz
    Jukka Suomela
    Patrik Floréen
    Year: 2007
    BeTelGeuse: a tool for Bluetooth data gathering
    DOI: 10.4108/bodynets.2007.148
Petteri Nurmi1,*, Joonas Kukkonen1,*, Eemil Lagerspetz1,*, Jukka Suomela1,*, Patrik Floréen1,*
  • 1: Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki P. O. Box 68, FI00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
*Contact email: petteri.nurmi@cs.helsinki.fi, joonas.kukkonen@cs.helsinki.fi, eemil.lagerspetz@cs.helsinki.fi, jukka.suomela@cs.helsinki.fi, patrik.floreen@cs.helsinki.fi


In ubiquitous computing, activity-related data is typically gathered using customized sensing equipment that give physiological measurements. Unfortunately, such systems are often proprietary or expensive to obtain. Recently, the decrease in the prices of Bluetooth chips has made Bluetooth sensors a viable alternative. In previous research, various systems for gathering data from Bluetooth sensors have been proposed, but they are usually limited to a specific set of sensors or to a specific runtime platform. To address these shortcomings, we have developed BeTelGeuse, a tool for Bluetooth data gathering. BeTelGeuse turns a standard mobile device such as a cellular phone into a relay node which gathers data from a body area network over Bluetooth, and forwards it to a remote server over a mobile data service such as GPRS.