MobiSense - Mobile Network Services for Coordinated Participatory Sensing

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Executive Summary

Cellular and Wi-Fi networks now form a global substrate that provides billions of mobile phone users with consistent, location-aware communication and multimedia data access. On this substrate is emerging a new class of mobile phone applications that use the phones location, image and acoustic sensors, and enable people to choose what to sense and when to share data about themselves and their surroundings. Peoples' natural movement through and among living, work, and "third" spaces, provides spatial and temporal coverage for these modalities, the character of which is impossible to achieve through embedded instrumentation alone.

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