type of data is collected and why?
We collect data (MAC address, SSID) from WIFI enabled mobile
devices - smartphones, tablets, laptops - in several campus canteens and the Starbucks
Educafé. With these data we can analyze the type of use of the
building/canteen, detect busy hours, for example. This is done within CTIT’s
research project ‘Measuring Meaning of Spaces’. Every mobile device trying to
connect to WiFi, sends out a signal. It is this signal we pick up for
monitoring. The project starts with nine WiFi-scanners, with a growing number
in the near future.
my mobile monitored as well?
Yes, every mobile device with WiFi switched
on, is monitored.
The piece of information that is unique for
your phone or tablet, is the so-called MAC-address. Before this is sent to the
database, this address is hashed. In this way, we never are able to trace it
back to the individual user. The project fits within the boundaries of
anonymized monitoring, and has been approved by the ethical committee of the
do you do with the data you collect?
At the moment we have a good analysis of
the way several spaces are used on the campus, this can lead to e.g.
intelligent navigation systems directing a visitor to an event in the most
convenient way. It can also give rise to new ICT applications we don’t know the
existence of yet. All is aimed at using ICT to create a smart campus. You can
read more about this on this website.
safe is the stored data?
Only authorized people within the project
are allowed to access the data. They all have to sign a non-disclosure
if I don’t want to share my data?
You can opt out by filling in your MAC
address on this webpage. Instructions for finding your MAC address, for various
types of mobile devices, are given as well.
do you share your findings?
We want to share our results both with the
scientific community, through publications, and with the general public and
press, through news releases. Furthermore, we plan to organize a meeting in the
near future, in which we present the ambitions and first results to users,
internal and external stakeholders.