FindingMiMo: Tracing a missing mobile phone using daily observations

Hyojeong Shin, Yohan Chon, Kwanghyo Park, Hojung Cha

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Abstract

With the widespread use of smartphones, the loss of a device is critical, both in disrupting daily communications, and in losing valuable property. When a mobile device is missing, localization techniques may assist in finding the device. Current techniques, however, hardly provide a complete solution because of inaccurate position estimation, especially in indoor environments. In this paper, we describe a software architecture called FindingMiMo, which tracks and locates a missing mobile device in indoor environments. The system consists of a missing mobile which logs diverse environmental features on a daily basis, and a chaser which traces the trail of the device using the observation log. During daily operation, the mobile device does not perform location estimation; it only observes the ambient features such as radio signals to minimize its operation cost. Instead, the chaser determines where the missing device measured the observations. This research implemented the scheme on Android-based smartphones. Real experiments with carefully designed, missing-and-tracking scenarios show that the participants successfully approached their lost phones within four meters distance, on average.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services and Co-located Workshops
Pages29-42
Number of pages14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 8
Event9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, MobiSys'11 and Co-located Workshops - Bethesda, MD, United States
Duration: 2011 Jun 282011 Jul 1

Publication series

NameMobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services and Co-located Workshops

Other

Other9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, MobiSys'11 and Co-located Workshops
CountryUnited States
CityBethesda, MD
Period11/6/2811/7/1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Communication

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    Shin, H., Chon, Y., Park, K., & Cha, H. (2011). FindingMiMo: Tracing a missing mobile phone using daily observations. In MobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services and Co-located Workshops (pp. 29-42). (MobiSys'11 - Compilation Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services and Co-located Workshops). https://doi.org/10.1145/1999995.1999999