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Exploring the Design of Pay-Per-Use Objects in the Construction Domain

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Publication date2008
Host publicationSmart Sensing and Context: Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context
EditorsDaniel Roggen , Clemens Lombriser , Gerhard Tröster , Gerd Kortuem, Paul Havinga
Place of publicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-88792-8
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Equipment used in the construction domain is often hired in order to reduce cost and maintenance overhead. The cost of hire is dependent on the time period involved and does not take into account the actual use equipment has received. This paper presents our initial investigation into how physical objects augmented with sensing and communication technologies can measure use in order to enable new pay-per-use payment models for equipment hire. We also explore user interaction with pay-per-use objects via mobile devices. The user interactions that take place within our prototype scenario range from simple information access to transactions involving multiple users. This paper presents the design, implementation and evaluation of a prototype pay-per-use system motivated by a real world equipment hire scenario. We also provide insights into the various challenges introduced by supporting a pay-per-use model, including data storage and data security in addition to user interaction issues.