How Wireless Technology is Changing Life on the MIT Campus
New wireless communications technologies are changing the way we live and
work. This fact is particularly evident at MIT, thanks to the presence of
two conditions: 1) the very high percentage of laptop computer ownership
on campus; and 2) the existence of one of the most pervasive wireless
Internet networks on earth, which includes over 2,800 access points and
was completed at the end of October 2005.
The iSPOTS project aims at describing
changes in living and working at MIT by mapping the dynamics of the
wireless network in real-time. Thus, the complex and dispersed individual
movement patterns that make up the daily life of the campus can be
revealed, helping TO answer many questions: Which physical spaces are
preferred for work in the MIT community? How could future physical
planning of the campus suit the community's changing needs? Which
location-based services would be most helpful for students and academics?
Also, as many cities around the world are launching extensive wireless
initiatives, the analysis of the MIT environment could provide valuable
insights for the future. Will today's MIT be tomorrow's norm? Click for more...
This map shows how wireless Internet is used on the MIT campus in
real-time. The animation plays through the changing patterns of the last
24 hours and then stops longer at the current condition. Log files
indicating the number of users connected to each WiFi access point are
collected at 15-minute intervals and then interpolated as a color field,
providing a visual comparison between different areas of the campus. Red
indicates a large number of users per access point, black a small number.
The top graph shows the total amount of wireless activity on the MIT
network during the past seven days. Peaks show daily patterns, while the
right-most side of the graph indicates the current condition. The four
lower graphs show the same information about specific buildings on campus.
Please enter a building number (e.g., 10floor number (e.g., 10-2number
(e.g., 10-250rooms of your interest. Only rooms with access-points can be
This map computes the traces of individuals passing through the MIT
campus. Users who are mapped have given their agreement and are managing
their visibility at their own will.
:: Click here for the iSPOTS paper
:: Download the images
:: See the iSPOTS Poster
Andres Sevtsuk (coordinator), Sonya Huang, Daniel Gutierrez, Justin Moe, David Lee, Xiongjiu Liao, Jia Lou.
In collaboration with MIT IS&T and the MIT Museum
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