Instrumenting the City: Developing methods for observing and understanding the digital cityscape

Eamonn O'Neill, V Kostakos, T Kindberg, A F G Schiek, A Penn, D S Fraser, T Jones

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We approach the design of ubiquitous computing systems in the urban environment as integral to urban design. To understand the city as a system encompassing physical and digital forms and their relationships with people's behaviours, we are developing, applying and refining methods of observing, recording, modelling and analysing the city, physically, digitally and socially. We draw on established methods used in the space syntax approach to urban design. Here we describe how we have combined scanning for discoverable Bluetooth devices with two such methods, gatecounts and static snapshots. We report our experiences in developing, field testing and refining these augmented methods. We present initial findings on the Bluetooth landscape in a city in terms of patterns of Bluetooth presence and Bluetooth naming practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbicomp 2006: Ubiquitous Computing, Proceedings
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)0302-9743
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science

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ID number: ISI:000241585300019


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