Date Added: Aug 2012
Now-a-days mobile phones are not only communication devices, but also a source of rich sensory data that can be collected and exploited by distributed people-centric sensing applications. Among them, environmental monitoring and emergency response systems can particularly benefit from people-based sensing. Due to the limited resources of mobile devices, sensed data are usually offloaded to the cloud. However, state-of-the art solutions lack a unified approach suitable to support diverse applications, while reducing the energy consumption of the mobile device. In this paper, the authors specifically address mobile devices as rich sources of multimodal data collected by users.