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Smart cities : crowd management using WiFi based infrastructure

Braham, K. (2018) Smart cities : crowd management using WiFi based infrastructure.

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Abstract:Smart cities is a modern phenomenon to include ICTs in the development of large urban cities. It helps determining the dynamics of a city by looking at traffic jams and general flow of visitors. Crowd management is one of the key aspects of smart cities, aiding in safety and enjoyable experience for residents and visitors. The council of Enschede is interested in learning to use WiFi information using the public network maintained by NDIX for crowd monitoring and safety of visitors. This network follows thousands of visitors each day and captures the mobility in the city. Using this network a model is created to extract the number of visitors in the city, the mobility utilized by visitors and their shopping behaviour as they spend a day in the city. The dataset of NDIX does hide much detail of local motion, as all records are sessions with long time spans. To obtain the ideal situation a reference experiment using a Raspberry PI retrieves WiFi connection status each second. This experiment showcases the possibility of tracking using ideal world scenario. This work demonstrates the counting of visitors, classification of mobility and suggests improvements for tracking using the WiFi network in Enschede. Results of the events detection based on visitor count is compared with the official monitor of the city council.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science MSc (60300)
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