Location Based Services for Everyone


Most mobile phones nowadays have GPS, WIFI and 3G incorporated, allowing users to connect and interact with web services. Although an internet connected device provides endless capabilities, many possibilities are still reserved to the more technology savvy. Another problem is that as content grows in the web, it becomes increasingly difficult to search. Over the past years people have tried to associate meta-tags to content to be possible through automation the deduction of knowledge implicit in the content. One of these examples is the local services and particularly the availability of these services on the Internet. When these services are made available, there is an intrinsic attribute - its location. Thus, it is desirable that these services are indexed by their location and made available by an aggregator with tools that enable categorization and search. However it is imperative that this system can be used by everyone.

The goal of this project was to create a system with common technology that allows people to easily create and consume services based on their location. The developed solution uses a web user interface to create a location-based service and an augmented reality android application to consume these services.


Author: Diogo Júnior

Type: MSc thesis

Partner: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

Year: 2010