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ISRN Sensor Networks
Volume 2013, Article ID 583165, 8 pages
Review Article

Real-World Deployments of Participatory Sensing Applications: Current Trends and Future Directions

Qualcomm Institute, UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0436, USA

Received 31 December 2012; Accepted 17 March 2013

Academic Editors: T.-S. Chen, Z. N. Low, and K. S. Lui

Copyright © 2013 Sameer Tilak. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


With the advent of participatory sensing (sensors integrated with consumer electronics such as cell phones and carried by people), exciting new opportunities arise. Mobile sensors (e.g., those mounted on cars or carried by people) can provide spatial sampling diversity not possible with traditional static sensor networks. Recently, participatory sensing has attracted considerable attention of research community. In this paper, we survey existing participatory sensing deployments and discuss current trends and few possible future directions.