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—We present the design, implementation, deployment and evaluation of a novel urban computing infrastructure called UBI-hotspot. It is effectively a large interactive public display embedded with other computing resources. We have deployed a network of UBI-hotspots around downtown Oulu, Finland, to establish a public laboratory for conducting experimental(More)
We report a novel deployment of so-called UBI-hotspots in a city center to establish an ecosystem infrastructure for conducting diverse urban computing research and business in authentic urban setting. We focus on the value network of the hotspots where the commercial use of the hotspots generates revenue for covering their operational expenses. The value(More)
We introduce BlueInfo, an open architecture for deploying web services in WPAN hotspots for cost-free context-aware mobile access over Bluetooth. A BlueInfo hotspot either pushes subscribed services at desired intervals to registered devices (BlueInfo Push) or alternatively the user invokes a particular service by sending a simple keyword query to the(More)
We present a unique urban computing testbed for studying the utilization of ubiquitous computing technology in the public urban space of a city center. The testbed comprises of a wide range of pervasive computing infrastructure and different middleware resources. We demonstrate the applicability and benefits of the testbed in evaluating technology pilots(More)
This paper presents a case study on the iterative design of a system for delivering in-situ information services to users' mobile devices using proximity-based technologies. The design advances from a questionnaire study of the users' attitudes and needs toward such information services via several incremental prototypes evaluated in a usability lab and at(More)
We report two one-month-long field trials where Bluetooth access points deployed around Oulu, Finland, were employed to attempt to push unsolicited multimedia marketing messages to bypassing mobile devices that had their Bluetooth on and visible. The logs involving ~65000 unique discovered devices of real users show that only 0.12% of the ~650000(More)
interactive services, provided by us, the City of Oulu, private businesses and nongovernment organizations, and creative communities. In 2010, we deployed a seventh indoor display, and we plan to add four indoor displays in the near future. Our current 13 hotspots represent the world's largest deployment of interactive public displays for research in a city(More)
We first motivate why dedicated pervasive computing infrastructure is needed for promoting long-term large-scale pervasive computing research in real-world setting. Then we briefly describe the UBI-hotspot infrastructure we have deployed at downtown Oulu, Finland, for this purpose. We conclude with a discussion on the challenges this kind of infrastructure(More)
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