Is bus overrepresented in Bluetooth MAC Scanner data? Is MAC-ID really unique?

Bhaskar, Ashish, Kieu, Le Minh, Qu, Ming, Nantes, Alfredo, Miska, Marc, & Chung, Edward (2015) Is bus overrepresented in Bluetooth MAC Scanner data? Is MAC-ID really unique? International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research, 13(2), pp. 119-130.

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One of the concerns about the use of Bluetooth MAC Scanner (BMS) data, especially from urban arterial, is the bias in the travel time estimates from multiple Bluetooth devices being transported by a vehicle. For instance, if a bus is transporting 20 passengers with Bluetooth equipped mobile phones, then the discovery of these mobile phones by BMS will be considered as 20 different vehicles, and the average travel time along the corridor estimated from the BMS data will be biased with the travel time from the bus. This paper integrates Bus Vehicle Identification system with BMS network to empirically evaluate such bias, if any. The paper also reports an interesting finding on the uniqueness of MAC IDs.

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ID Code: 69912
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bluetooth, Vehicle identification and detection system, MAC-ID cloning, Tavel time, Bus
DOI: 10.1007/s13177-014-0089-9
ISSN: 1868-8659
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Research Centres > Smart Transport Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
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Deposited On: 07 Apr 2014 01:29
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 04:10

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