These days a lot of people own a device which is capable to connect wireless with other devices through Bluetooth or WiFi. With Bluetooth and WiFi scanners the MAC-address, unique identifier, of these devices can be detected and make it possible to track the movement of these devices. The behaviour of the crowd is an important topic for mass-events like festivals. WiFi tracking can be a helpful tool for crowd management. A second case is research in mobility. Bluetooth tracking is a low-cost alternative for tracking cars through the city and calculating travel times on roads. Such data can give insights into congestion, use of the network by cars and the evolution of traffic. Other methods of tracking are active tracking of individuals by using GPS trackers or smartphone applications. This method gives a more detailed view of who, when and where people move. This research is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Telecommunications and Information Processing and is part of MOVE (move2.ugent.be). There is also a collaboration with the Department of Movement and Sports sciences which conduct research into the physical activity of people with the use of GPS and accelerometer data.
Department of Telecommunications and Information Processing (TELIN)
Department of Movement and Sports Sciences