LBSLab is a global research system which facilitates large-scale data collection of mobile user activities, and provides data visualization in an informative way.
Up to now, LBSLab has been tested by more than 1,600 users worldwide.
This page outlines several features of LBSLab.
※ A Location-based services (LBS) research platform
With the increasing popularity rate of LBS services, massive data have been being produced, which would contribute to studing human mobility and urban computing. LBSLab is designed to collect and analyse specific data. Meanwhile, LBSLab provides a visualization module for researchers view the collected data efficiently.
※ A collection of dataset distributed over the globe
LBSLab holds a proof-of-concept implementation, that have been used by more than 1,600 users.
※ LBSLab interacts with users via a convenient way
A WeChat app, running as a WeChat mini-program, serves as the front-end, supporting a set of representative location-based services, and interacting with users. A user can perform a number of location-centric activities via the mini-program, and the user data will be collected automatically. Scanning a QR Code is the only thing to do in order to use the mini-program, which overcomes the difficulties of downloading and installing a mobile app manually.
※ Plenty of measures have been implemented to attract users
The interface of LBSLab is user-friendly. Moreover, the platform provides several representative location-related functions for users to choose, which contain conducting check-ins at nearby venues, checking the weather of a selected location, and exploring the nearby area. A tab-bar is designed to support a smooth switch between these functions. Apart from that, LBSLab awards “mayorship” for check-ins, and virtual coins for consecutive usage to incent continuous use.
Design of LBSLab
LBSLab is built on top of WeChat, a popular mobile social app, originating in China and attracting more than 1 billion monthly active users around the world. A WeChat user just needs to scan a QR code to instantaneously install and execute a light-weight mini-program, saving the cost of downloading, installing, and managing a dedicated mobile app.
The functions provided in LBSLab can not only record the real-time user activities but also motivate the users to be more active since these functions are quiet useful in urban environ ments.
You can scan the QR code left and have a try!
Users can request for a list of nearby POIs, and select the most suitable POI to disclose her presence.
User can see other nearby users of LBSLab. Moreover, user can check nearby POIs of a selected type, such as shopping malls, metro stations and restaurants.
LBSLab allows a user to check the weather information, including the current weather status and the weather forecast for the coming three days.
LBSLab displays a user's concise information, and the virtual coins the one has earned.
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