Degree: BSc Computing (Data and Information Systems)
Project title: The Campus Navigation System - Using iBeacon technology with a web application to improve the student or visitor experience on campus
This project is aimed at using Bluetooth low energy beacons and building a web application to improve the student or visitor navigation experience on campus.
The objectives of the project were:
– Design a web application with two identities: users and administrators.
– Build a login system for users to log in by username and password or create a new account.
– Build a label system that enables users to put labels on each room and enables administrators of this room to check if these labels are correct.
– Build a search engine to search for the labels.
– Design the website that contains the information of a room including location.
– Build a chat page with two boards: Questions Board and emergency noticeboard.
– Connect the whole application to beacons
Students can get help from people they are familiar for example, friends, parents or the student services provided by Student Hub. However, sometimes extra help is needed.
Though there are some studies based on BLE beacons, they are focus on other areas rather than campus navigation. Although evidence shows that the usage of beacons is broad, the BLE beacons used in the campus navigation field are still quite few. Therefore, it is very significant to evaluate the use of BLE beacons in this field and compare it with other systems like RFID. As a result, we will find out the benefits and the drawback of each of the systems.
There are many other systems like GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, and RFID that can be used to help the students find a location. However, they all have some drawbacks compared to beacons. GPS has issues with the precision of the location as well as signal strength. However, GPS-based systems work only outdoors with a clear view of the sky, which means it cannot be used indoors. NFC requires users to be very close to the device sending the communication. Wi-Fi-based location requires a high density of access points, which makes it cost-prohibitive because you cannot afford to give each room a Wi-Fi router. Compared to RFIDs, beacons do not require scanning and can work from a distance.
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