Providing location information in a ubiquitous computing environment (panel session)

Mike Spreitzer, Marvin Theimer
1993 Proceedings of the fourteenth ACM symposium on Operating systems principles - SOSP '93  
Information in a Ubiquitous Computing Environment Mike Spreitzer and Marvin Theimer Xerox Palo Alto To take full advantage of the promise of ubiquitous computing requires the use of location information, yet people should have control over who may know their whereabouts. We present an architecture that achieves these goals for an interesting set of applications. Personal information is managed by User Agents, and a partially decentralized Location Query Service is used to facilitate
more » ... ed operations. This architecture gives users primary control over their location information, at the cost of making more expensive certain queries, such as those wherein location and identity closely interact. We also discuss various extensions to our architecture that offer users additional trade-offs between privacy and efficiency. Finally, we report some measurements of the unextended system in operation, focusing on how well the system is actually able to track people. Our system uses two kinds of location information, which turn out to provide partial and complementary coverage.
doi:10.1145/168619.168641 dblp:conf/sosp/SpreitzerT93 fatcat:xtxg3xbgwbbxjfbqelcinfz5by