Tracking individual travel behavior using mobile phone

Yasuo Asakura, Takamasa Iryo

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Tracking type data collection methods using mobile phone have been developed for monitoring and analyzing individual travel behavior. Previous methods using PHS (Personal Handy phone System) assumed that the location data of base stations were known. This paper shows a location positioning method of a mobile object when the location data of base stations are not available. Instead of base stations, signal strength vectors (reference vectors) are observed at many places in a target area. A mobile object also observes a signal strength vector (target vector). The similarity index of a reference vector and a target vector is used for calculating the location position of a mobile object. This method is applied to tracking travel behavior of tourists in Kobe Kitano area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-130
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Urban Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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