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Wednesday, November 9 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Monitoring and Analyzing Wi-Fi Availability and Performance on a University Campus Using Recycled Cellphones to Aid Students in Selecting Their Study Areas

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Wi-Fi availability on university campuses has become increasingly important since services such as email and assignment submission portals for students require them to have internet access on and off campus. This is the case at the University of the West Indies - Cave Hill Campus (UWICHC) where students are required to conduct several online activities including submitting assignments, checking grades and registering for classes online. A survey of opinions of 105 UWICHC students indicated that 96% of the respondents use Wi-Fi to access student services offered by the campus. Ninety-four (94%) also indicated they would like to have access to Wi-Fi information on active hotspots and signal strength in various study areas. In the proposed paper, we will present a system capable of using recycled cellphones to collect Wi-Fi related information in study areas such as Wi-Fi signal strength, connection speed, download speed and internet availability and display it to students and staff using a mobile application. The mobile application will also be used to display information on access points in various study areas on a geographical map of the campus. Additionally, the application will analyze the data collected and give students and IT staff peak times when students encounter difficulty such as poor connectivity or no connection to the internet which may suggest the access point is damaged or needs to be reset. Having such information can increase the IT department`s response time at a low cost since recycled cellphones are used as the sensors.


Mechelle Gittens

University of the West-Indies Cave Hill Campus
University of the West-Indies Cave Hill Campus
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Shamar Ward

Researcher, University of the West-Indies Cave Hill Campus
IoT - Internet Of Things, Smart City, Smart Campuses, Repurposed Devices, Repurposing models

Wednesday November 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm MST
Crestone B 1420 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80202