Title: A low cost library navigation system by using Android devices and FeliCa cards

Authors: Xiaolei Li; Osamu Saitou; Erjing Zhou; Masaru Kamada

Addresses: Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ibaraki University, Hitachi, Ibaraki 316-8511, Japan ' Department of Civil Engineering, Ibaraki University, Hitachi, Ibaraki 316-8511, Japan ' Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ibaraki University, Hitachi, Ibaraki 316-8511, Japan ' Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Ibaraki University, Hitachi, Ibaraki 316-8511, Japan

Abstract: A library navigation system is developed to help the user reach any book in the library. The FeliCa cards are used as landmarks to acquire the user's location instead of the GPS, which is not available indoor, or expensive indoor markers like the beacon devices. The user is supposed to have an Android device on which the developed application software runs to: 1) allow the user to search for a book in the library catalogue system; 2) show the map of library indicating the location of the book; 3) get the current location of the user when the user touches a FeliCa card posted on each book shelf with the device; 4) show the route from the current location to the book location on the map. This system navigates the user to the destination as long as he touches the FeliCa on the nearest shelf every time he is lost in the library.

Keywords: library navigation; Android devices; FeliCa cards; user location; library catalogues; book searches; book location; book retrieval; library books; library apps.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSC.2016.080282

International Journal of Space-Based and Situated Computing, 2016 Vol.6 No.3, pp.155 - 164

Received: 01 Dec 2015
Accepted: 29 May 2016

Published online: 08 Nov 2016 *

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