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iBeacon, usage and possibilities?

Föreläsare: Janosch Zbick och Romain Herault
Titel: iBeacon, usage and possibilities?


Since the introduction of the iBeacon protocol in 2013, this technology is gaining increasing attention. Compatible transmitters, usually called beacons, constantly broadcast their identifier using the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol. BLE enabled devices like smartphones or tablets can detect beacons with significantly lower energy consumption as using the standard Bluetooth protocol making it a promising alternative for researchers and developers in various fields. Interesting applications of beacons are for example: indoor position tracking, Point Of Interest (POI) detection, or pathway analytics.

This seminar aims to increase the awareness of the iBeacon technology and initiate a discussion about potential use cases to apply this technology. Furthermore, we present an ongoing project where we distributed beacons in the area of the Department of Media Technology at LNU with the goal to analyze movement patterns to be able to suggest potential enhancements. This seminar also intends to initiate a discussion about challenges we are currently facing in the development process and how to address those challenges.

About the speakers

Janosch Zbick is a PhD student at the Department of Media Technology since September 2013. He holds a master degree in Applied Computer Science from the University Duisburg-Essen in Germany. He previously conducted an internship at CeLeKT and came to Vaxjo University in November 2008.

He is exploring and investigating research topics that lay in the intersection between the fields of mobile learning, ubiquitous computing and interactive systems. He is currently involved in the development of a web-based system a system to assist non-techical skilled users to design and deploy mobile applications, including an authoring tool to design mobile applications to support learning activities and data collection activities.

His research aims to develop a foundation to design software solutions that deal with similar challenges in form of a reference architecture.

Romain Herault holds a Master degree in Social Media and Web Technology from Linnaeus University. He is currently working as a Lecturer for the department of Media Technology. He is involved in the creation of several project presentation videos promoting the work of researchers within the department. He started teaching in the graphic branch of the Bachelor program in 2016.

Previous to his arrival in Sweden, Romain studied in Blois (France) to obtain a B.Sc. "Activity and Technics of Communication". Then, he moved to Edinburgh (Scotland) in order to obtain a B.Sc. (with honours) in "Digital Media" at the Edinburgh Napier University.

Within the department, Romain is particularly interested in 3D printing technology, tangible user interfaces and HCI in general. His interest for teaching is pushing him to explore HCI solutions adapted to learning, as shown in his Master Thesis "Application for Customisable Interaction with Physical Objects: A Tool for Speech and Language Therapists" and in his participation in the European research project eSIT4SIP, which aims at providing a platform for teacher to access ICT scenarios in an easy way.

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