2nd International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Using NFC to Support and Encourage Green Exercise

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2008.2799,
        author={Omer Rashid and Paul Coulton and William Bird},
        title={Using NFC to Support and Encourage Green Exercise},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2008},
        month={7},
        keywords={mobile NFC Green Exercise Walking.},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2008.2799}
    }
    
  • Omer Rashid
    Paul Coulton
    William Bird
    Year: 2008
    Using NFC to Support and Encourage Green Exercise
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2008.2799
Omer Rashid1,*, Paul Coulton1,*, William Bird2,*
  • 1: Infolab21, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.
  • 2: Intelligent Health, 2nd Floor, 145-157 St John St, London, UK.
*Contact email: m.rashid@lancaster.ac.uk, p.coulton@lancaster.ac.uk, william.birdinfo@intelligenthealth.co.uk

Abstract

This paper presents a novel system using NFC to increase support and encouragement of outdoor physical activity, or ‘Green Exercise’. The main aim of the project is to help combat the effects of the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of the British population which is leading to increasing health problems. The paper presents both the design and implementation of prototype system together with results from the initial field trials conducted in Hyde Park in London. The results confirm that NFC has a number of benefits in that, it is easy to deploy, easy to use and understand, and highlight the potential significance of a long term study.