Bluetooth and Wi-Fi MAC address based crowd data collection and monitoring : benefits, challenges and enhancement

Abedi, Naeim, Bhaskar, Ashish, & Chung, Edward (2013) Bluetooth and Wi-Fi MAC address based crowd data collection and monitoring : benefits, challenges and enhancement. In 36th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF), 2-4 October 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

This paper firstly presents the benefits and critical challenges on the use of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for crowd data collection and monitoring. The major challenges include antenna characteristics, environment’s complexity and scanning features. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are compared in this paper in terms of architecture, discovery time, popularity of use and signal strength. Type of antennas used and the environment’s complexity such as trees for outdoor and partitions for indoor spaces highly affect the scanning range. The aforementioned challenges are empirically evaluated by “real” experiments using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Scanners. The issues related to the antenna characteristics are also highlighted by experimenting with different antenna types. Novel scanning approaches including Overlapped Zones and Single Point Multi-Range detection methods will be then presented and verified by real-world tests. These novel techniques will be applied for location identification of the MAC IDs captured that can extract more information about people movement dynamics.

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ID Code: 71808
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Pedestrian and Cyclists, MAC Address, Transportation, Human Spatio-temporal Movement, Crowd Monitoring
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Research Centres > Smart Transport Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 19 May 2014 23:27
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 16:30

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