The first prototype of personalised UMTS Services was tested on the TU Delft campus. A number of congress visitors and a group of students were able to use UMTS and GPS to find their way to a lecture or restaurant, contact other visitors, get a tour of the campus, play a game together or watch a movie clip on internet. Both groups reacted enthusiastically.
UMTS will be introduced in the Netherlands this year. UMTS makes fast and wireless transmissions of large amounts of digital information possible. During the last few months, a research project was conducted on the TU Delft campus to determine which UMTS services people would want to use. The project was conducted together with T-Mobile, who placed two of its antennas on the campus, providing connectivity to the T-Mobile UMTS network. After extensive preparatory research, a portal for visitors to the campus was designed and tested within the framework of the Project Mobile Information and Entertainment Services (MIES). The users could, for example, receive the tour of the campus, during which they would receive information about each building on their screen. Because the device was connected to a GPS system (satellite positioning) and a navigation system, the users were easily able to find the correct route. They could, for example, also use the system to locate a restaurant, after which the system would show the route to the chosen restaurant, using the current location as a starting point.
During this test phase, a UMTS telephone, a GPS map and a PDA (handheld computer) were necessary to make use of the system. “It striking how enthusiastic participants were despite the limitations,” says Els van de Kar, member of the research team. "Before long, devices will be introduced on the market in which all the functions have been combined.”
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