Participatory sensing

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Participatory sensing is the concept of communities (or other groups of people) contributing sensory information to form a body of knowledge.[1]


A growth in mobile devices, for example smartphones, tablet computers or activity trackers, which have multiple sensors, has made participatory sensing viable in the large-scale. Participatory sensing can be used to retrieve information about the environment, weather, urban mobility,[2] congestion as well as any other sensory information that collectively forms knowledge.

Such open communication systems could pose challenges to the veracity of transmitted information. Individual sensors may require a trusted platform [3] or hierarchical trust structures.[4]

Additional challenges include, but are not limited to, effective incentives for participation,[5] security,[6] reputation [7] and privacy.[8]

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  2. ^ Xiao-Feng Xie & Zun-Jing Wang. (2015). "An empirical study of combining participatory and physical sensing to better understand and improve urban mobility networks.". Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, USA.
  3. ^ Akshay Dua; Nirupama Bulusu; Wu-Chang Feng & Wen Hu. (2009). "Towards trustworthy participatory sensing". In Proceedings of the 4th USENIX conference on Hot topics in security. HotSec'09. USENIX Association, Berkeley, CA, USA,. pp. 8–8. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ Raghu K. Ganti; Nam Pham; Yu-En Tsai & Tarek F. Abdelzaher. (2008). "oolView: stream privacy for grassroots participatory sensing". In Proceedings of the 6th ACM conference on Embedded network sensor systems. SenSys '08. ACM, New York, NY, USA. pp. 281–294. doi:10.1145/1460412.1460440.
  5. ^ Juong-Sik Lee and Baik Hoh. 2010. Sell Your Experiences: A Market Mechanism based Incentive for Participatory Sensing. In Proceedings of the 8th Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (IEEE PerCom'10), IEEE Computer Society, March 29 - April 2, 2010, Mannheim, Germany.
  6. ^ J. Burke, D. Estrin, M. Hansen, A. Parker, N. Ramanathan, S. Reddy, M. B. Srivastava. 2006. Participatory Sensing. In the Proceedings of the International Workshop on World-Sensor-Web (WSW'2006), ACM, October 31, 2006, Boulder, CO, U.S.A.
  7. ^ Xinlei (Oscar) Wang, Wei Cheng, Prasant Mohapatra and Tarek Abdelzaher. (2014). "Enabling Reputation and Trust in Privacy-Preserving Mobile Sensing". doi:10.1109/TMC.2013.150.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Emiliano De Cristofaro and Claudio Soriente. Participatory Privacy: Enabling Privacy in Participatory Sensing Applications. IEEE Network - The Magazine of Global Internetworking, 2012.

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