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Experiences of Developing and Deploying a Context-Aware Tourist Guide: The GUIDE Project

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper


Publication date08/2000
Number of pages12
Original languageEnglish


ConferenceThe 6th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom 2000)
CityBoston, US


The GUIDE system has been developed to provide city visitors with a hand-held context-aware tourist guide. The system has been successfully deployed in a major tourist destination and is currently at the stage where it is publicly available to visitors who wish to explore the city. Reaching this stage has been the culmination of a number of distinct research efforts. In more detail, the development of GUIDE has involved: capturing a real set of application requirements, investigating the properties of a cell-based wireless communications technology in a built-up environment and deploying a network based on this technology around the city, designing and populating an information model to represent attractions and key buildings within the city, prototyping the development of a distributed application running across portable GUIDE units and stationary cell-servers and, finally, evaluating the entire system during an extensive field-trial study. This paper reports on our results in each of these areas. We believe that through our work on the GUIDE project we have produced a blueprint for the development of interactive context- aware systems that should be of real value to those in the community who wish to develop such systems in a practical environment.