Bluetooth Conference System
An Innovative Conference System


Two companies in Aalborg, BLIP Systems and N'volve, and the Database and Programming Technologies Research group in Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University have jointly developed a mobile service system, termed the Bluetooth Conference System. This system has been designed specially for the International Wireless Summit, held in Aalborg Congress and Culture Center from September 18 to 22, 2005. The scientific project within which the system has been developed has involved collaboration with CISS at Aalborg University, that has also offered financial support together with two foundations, Det Obelske Familiefond and Spar Nord Fonden.

The System
The Bluetooth Conference System is based on the network technology (BlipNet components) from BLIP Systems and includes a database-based content management system on the server side. All content and information is transferred via Bluetooth and is free of charge for the users.

Participating delegates have access to an up-to-date information service. The information in this service is being updated automatically and transparently whenever the delegate is within reach of the Bluetooth network. This service is available any time, including when the delegate is off-line, and it provides information such as the following:
  • The conference program
  • Tourist information
  • Information on city activities
  • Weather information
  • Hotel information
  • Information on public services
Push messages are also be transferred to the participants - e.g., program updates, offers, news, etc. The messages are transferred depending on time, subject and location.

Limitations
In order for a participant to experience the the service, a phone with JSR-82 is required. In addition the full service is only be available for delegates with a mobile phone with Bluetooth. However, a phone without Bluetooth is able to access the offline application without updates during the Summit.

Evaluation
The project include an evaluation of the system. Delegates are requested to complete a survey. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the service and collect proposals for improvements, so the feedback received is of great importance to the project.