Use of Sociology Concepts as the Basis of a Model for Improving Accessibility in Smart Cities

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The use of mobile devices and their use for Internet access, for georeferentiation and services consumption had a huge increase. Today, these devices ability to establish cooperation networks and to interact intelligently and cooperatively with the surrounding environment has growing importance. In this paper, we propose a system, based on a model which uses the social paradigms in mobile ubiquitous interactions, capable to effectively connect and integrate these devices in order to improve the accessibility in the cities. The model is inspired in concepts from the theory of organizations and sociology, as the notions of "social role", "ownership" and "responsibility", to be incorporated in each device. We present an example for applying the model in the context of accessibility in smart cities for the pedestrian traffic light automatic management.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion
EditorsCarlos Velasco, Gerhard Weber, João Barroso, Yehya Mohamad, Hugo Paredes
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameProcedia Computer Science
ISSN (Print)1877-0509


  • context-aware computing
  • knowledge representation
  • mobile computing
  • organization theory


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