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Traditionally, context-aware applications are developed using one of the following approaches: each application communicates directly with sources of context information; applications are developed with the aid of reusable libraries for processing context information or applications have their own context models. These approaches not only require effort on the part of those who develop them, but also create dependency between the developed context-aware applications and the systems developed for obtaining and providing the context information, thus hindering their reuse in other applications. In this paper we present a system that autonomously characterizes the physical, social and organizational context of a public space and delivers this information to context-aware applications. Experiments show that it provides relevant and useful context information that can be used by context-aware applications to improve their services.
Nowadays there are a vast number of devices and technologies available for the common citizen to improve their communication with others. This fosters the design and implementation of systems that explore the available features of these devices. This paper presents a system that allows to inform, on a personalized way, the actors of an education institution on a free way using popular communication standards. Features like the system’s architecture, prototype and system’s evaluation are explained in the paper. Results show that this system can be an important complement to other popular systems in education environments (e.g. e-mail, chats, Wikis, forums, e-learning platforms etc.).
This paper describes a web-based system which allows the user to manage and to do real time monitoring the access to the educational building spaces, using two data nets. The first one is based on the CAN bus for data acquisition and actuation tasks to which are connected control devices like, magnetic cards readers, door locks and sensors. The second one is an Internet/Intranet infrastructure and uses standard web technologies like PHP and Java to provide an effective control and real time monitoring. This system is implemented on the Linux operating system using the Apache HTTP server and make use of standard technologies in use on the Web, to make an effective campus-wide security system. To close the gap between these two nets we used a CAN/Intranet gateway. In this paper the system layout and its main components are described.
In recent years, there has been enormous research interest in natural resources monitoring. So, there is a need to develop easily accessible, cheap and reliable information systems for monitoring and early warning, which could be used in most natural resources. This paper presents an ongoing information system development that aims the monitoring and supervising of some parameters on water supply, such as quality and quantity. To implement our system we use several technologies in order to monitoring about 100 water tanks in an area of ±1000 Km2. In these technologies is included GSM communication, web infrastructure and sensing equipment that allows the access of information from any place of the world. In paper sections the main blocks of the system architecture are described in detail.
The dissemination of large displays and personal mobile computing devices has created new opportunities for the joint use of these devices. Together these devices can enrich public spaces, promoting new and more engagement interaction mechanisms, giving users relevant information and providing important resources that can promote conversations and group activities. In this paper we explore the joint use of public displays and personal mobile computing devices, as equipments for the dissemination of personalized information that is delivered to users according to their interests and expectations. Three main aspects characterize our proposal. First, it encloses in the same system two types of devices for delivering information: mobile devices and large public displays. Second, the user only receives information of his interest point of view and the information is delivered through the most proper device. Third, our proposal combines into the same system two different perspectives: informative, providing users with information about their subscriptions and socializing, i.e. presenting, in a public display, information about the place, about users’ interests and about interests of other people that visits the same place. We have developed and evaluate a partial prototype based on those principles. The results show that the system is easy-to-use, that it can support a wide range of activities and that the users recognize an added value of the system comparing to traditional approaches.
Nowadays there are a vast number of devices and technologies available for the common citizen to improve their communication with others. This fosters the design and implementation of systems that explore the available features of these devices. In this paper, we propose a Bluetooth-based interactive system for delivering personalized information in high education institutions. The system allows informing, on a personalized way, the actors of an education institution on a free way using popular communication standards. The scenario we promote in the paper is mainly focused on learning environments, however the framework is also applicable in other shared public and semi-public spaces such as offices, homes, companies and many others. One of the most important contributions of this work is to combine public displays and personal mobile devices for delivering personalized information according to the students’ location. A prototype has been built and discussed with demonstrative user scenarios. Early results show that teachers and students found some advantages in this system comparing to traditional approaches. This system can effectively support a wide range of activities for students. It provides to each student the possibility to have a personal interaction with the technology in an authentic and appropriate use context. Features like the system’s architecture, prototype and system’s evaluation are explained in the paper. Results show that this system can be an important complement to other popular systems in education environment (e.g. e-mail, chats, Wikis, forums, e-learning platforms etc.).
The development time in industrial informatics systems, within industry environments, is a very important issue for competitiveness. The usage of adequate targetspecific programming languages is very important because they can facilitate and improve developers’ productivity, allowing solutions to be expressed in the idiom and at the level of abstraction of the problem’s domain. In this paper we present a target-specific programming language, which was designed to improve the design cycle of code generation, for an industrial embedded system. The native assembly code, the new language structure and their constructs, are presented in the paper. The proposed targetspecific language is expressed using words and terms that are related to the target’s domain and consequently it is now easier to program, understand and to validate the desired code. It is also demonstrated the language efficiency by comparing some code described using the new language against the previous used code. The design cycle is improved with the usage of the target-specific language because both description and debug time are significantly reduced with this new software tool. This is also a case of university-industry partnership.
This paper presents a target-specific programming language (TSL) that was designed to improve the design cycle of code generation for an industrial embedded system. The native assembly code, the new language structure and their constructs, are presented in the paper. The proposed TSL is expressed using words and terms that are related to the target’s domain and consequently it is now easier to program, understand and to validate the desired code. It is also demonstrated the language efficiency by comparing some code described using the new language against the previous used code. The design cycle is improved with the usage of the TSL because description time and debug time are significantly reduced with this new software tool. This is also a case of university-industry partnership.
No desenvolvimento de aplicações sensíveis ao contexto é importante que existam aplicações/plataformas que sejam responsáveis pela descoberta e processamento das informações do contexto e que disponibilizem essa informação para ser usada por essas aplicações. Neste trabalho é apresentado um sistema autónomo para caracterização do contexto de um local, com informação sobre a sua localização, sobre as condições ambientais e sobre a natureza da instituição onde se encontra esse espaço, e que permite disponibilizar essa informação para que possa ser facilmente usada por outras aplicações. As avaliações preliminares mostram que o sistema permite obter informações de contexto relevantes relacionadas com o local e com as características e natureza da instituição onde este se insere. Esta framework pode ser útil para facilitar a obtenção de informação de contexto em espaços públicos e na sua disponibilização para ser usada por aplicações sensíveis ao contexto.
The way patient information is presented has been proven to have an important impact on patient care. This paper presents a software component to be integrated in a virtual patient record used in a Portuguese hospital. This component supports genetic oncology consultations and aims to help the physician needs to visualize the patient's family tree in order to diagnose hereditary cancers in both patient and patient descendants. This system allows the physician to view relevant medical information of the elements of the family of a given patient, add new tests, as well as record new cancer situations that occur in any member of the patient’s family. Besides the graphical display of the patients’ family tree, the system also allows to differentiate between different groups of cancer by using symbols and colours, register new cancer occurrences within that family network, as well as information related to tests performed by them.