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smart interactions, context-aware computing, beacons, BLE mobile apps, mobile computing, ubiquitous computing


In this paper we describe four mobile apps for iOS devices that use Bluetooth Low Energy iBeacons to provide contextual relevance and personalized experiences for the user. The applications span a number of vertical markets including asset tracking, food transportation logistics and health care. We developed these apps in collaboration with an industry partner located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. In this paper we present the relevant background of work in this area, the architectural framework that we designed and developed to support these context-aware apps, the apps themselves, and report on the findings of real use test case scenarios.


Faculty of Applied Science & Technology


School of Applied Computing


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada's federal funding agency for university based research, for funding this research under the Engage granting program.

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Sykes, E.R., Pentland, S., & Nardi, S. (2015). Context-aware mobile apps using iBeacons: Towards smarter interactions. In Gould, J., Litoiu, M., & Lutfiyya, H. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering (pp. 120-129). Markham, ON: Association for Computing Machinery.


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