Knowing that a person is near a door is sufficient information to have the door open automatically; knowing that a person is in a room is sufficient information to turn on the lights. The knowledge that comes from knowing a person’s location within the environment can be used as an input to a computational system. This presentation focuses on computational systems that make use of location awareness. This presentation considers several dimensions to analyze the use of the location variable within context-aware systems: local versus global reference, environmental versus device-specific responses, offering of either information or commands, and action taken by human versus system. The presentation concludes with the limitations of location-based information.
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