User needs for location-aware services

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    Mobile contexts of use vary a lot and may even be continuously changing during use. The context is much more than location, but its other elements are still difficult to identify or measure. Location infor-mation is becoming an integral part of different mobile devices. Current mobile services can be enhanced with location-aware features, thus providing the user with a smooth transition towards context-aware services. Potential application fields can be found in areas such as travel and tourist information, shop-ping, entertainment, event information and different mobile professions. This paper studies location-aware mobile services from the user's point of view. The paper draws conclusions about key issues re-lated to user needs, based on user interviews, laboratory and field evaluations with users, and expert evaluations of location-aware services. The user needs are presented under five main themes: topical and comprehensive contents, smooth user interaction, personal and user-generated contents, seamless service entities and privacy issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages21
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    EventThird Wireless World Conference: The Social Shaping of Mobile Futures - Surrey, United Kingdom
    Duration: 17 Jul 200218 Jul 2002


    ConferenceThird Wireless World Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • location-aware services
    • mobile services
    • user evaluation
    • usability


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