Sensing as a service: A cloud computing system for mobile phone sensing

Xiang Sheng, Xuejie Xiao, Jian Tang, Guoliang Xue

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Sensors on (or attached to) mobile phones can enable attractive sensing applications in different domains such as environmental monitoring, social networking, healthcare, etc. We introduce a new concept, Sensing-as-a-Service (S2aaS), i.e., providing sensing services using mobile phones via a cloud computing system. An S2aaS cloud should meet the following requirements: 1) It must be able to support various mobile phone sensing applications on different smartphone platforms. 2) It must be energy-efficient. 3) It must have effective incentive mechanisms that can be used to attract mobile users to participate in sensing activities. In this paper, we identify unique challenges of designing and implementing an S2aaS cloud, review existing systems and methods, present viable solutions, and point out future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE SENSORS 2012 - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2012
Event11th IEEE SENSORS 2012 Conference - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Oct 28 2012Oct 31 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Sensors


Other11th IEEE SENSORS 2012 Conference
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


  • Mobile phone sensing
  • cloud computing
  • energy-efficiency
  • incentive mechanisms
  • sensing as a service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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