Practical Context Awareness for GSM Cell Phones

Anderson Ian, Muller Henk L

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The ability to provide context aware behaviour on a cell phone such as whether a user is walking or driving has previously only been possible via the use of additional hardware sensors such as an accelerometer. In this paper we demonstrate how a level of context awareness similar to that achieved with an accelerometer can be obtained using information readily available on a typical GSM cell phone. We show that by using the patterns of signal strength fluctuations and changes to the current serving cell and monitored neighbouring cells it is possible to distinguish between various states of movement such as walking, driving in a motor car and remaining stationary. We demonstrate how the calibration of the cell phone for use in a given environment can be implemented in an automatic and unsupervised manner, and that we can achieve a classification accuracy of around 80%.
Translated title of the contributionPractical Context Awareness for GSM Cell Phones
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-128
JournalInternational Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC) 2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

ISBN: 1424405971
Publisher: IEEE
Name and Venue of Conference: International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC) 2006
Other identifier: 2000597


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