Activity weather: Rfid-based visualization of urban dynamics in a weather-map style

Hiroya Tanaka, Yusuke Kamiyama, Koga Tamamura, Ryo Kinase, Jin Mitsugi, Hidekazu Hada

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Abstract

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is now widely used for tracking a great variety of objects in spatio-temporal dimensions. In the field of urban management and analysis, personal RFID is a powerful tool for tracing both individual pedestrians and crowd dynamics. In this research, we have focused our attention on how public services can use RFID technology, especially from the viewpoint of attractive and real-time visualization. In a trial demonstration, we installed nine RFID-reader gates in an urban district and provided hundreds of passive RFID-tags to pedestrians. Using this basic RFID-infrastructure, we developed a public display service which visualized and reported urban activities in the style of a real-time weather map. A large display shows the density of people at each location by using geometric contour lines and virtual clouds. Accumulated data is automatically updated and the 'weather' map quickly changes as time passes. The weather-like visualization helps the user understand the dynamics, flows, and trends of crowds, and promotes intuitive forecasting of urban activity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2007
PublisherUtrecht University
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9788585205775
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 1
Event10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2007 - Iguassu Falls, PR, Brazil
Duration: 2007 Jul 112007 Jul 13

Publication series

NameProceedings of 10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2007

Other

Other10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2007
CountryBrazil
CityIguassu Falls, PR
Period07/7/1107/7/13

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Keywords

  • Data collection & pedestrians
  • Geographic information system & mapping
  • RFID technology
  • Urban management system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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Tanaka, H., Kamiyama, Y., Tamamura, K., Kinase, R., Mitsugi, J., & Hada, H. (2007). Activity weather: Rfid-based visualization of urban dynamics in a weather-map style. In Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2007 (pp. 1-14). (Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2007). Utrecht University.