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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2017, Article ID 1328127, 15 pages
Research Article

ANT: Agent Stigmergy-Based IoT-Network for Enhanced Tourist Mobility

1Department of Communication and Information Technologies, Technical University of Cartagena, 30202 Cartagena, Spain
2AtlanTTIC, Universidade de Vigo, EI Telecomunicación, 36310 Vigo, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Pablo López-Matencio; se.tcpu@zepol.olbap

Received 28 April 2017; Revised 31 August 2017; Accepted 14 September 2017; Published 8 November 2017

Academic Editor: Paolo Bellavista

Copyright © 2017 Pablo López-Matencio et al. 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.


In this work, we propose ANT, a network of agents which exchange information in a stigmergy-based fashion. In ANT, each system’s actor distributes pheromones as a way of indicating places’ attractiveness, as well as for building a proper routing path to those sites. The goal of ANT is to improve the chances of discovering points of interest, as well as to reduce the time required for doing so. We have applied ANT to a tourist mobility scenario, where both people and things (events, restaurants, performances, etc.) participate. ANT has achieved notable success in this example case. We find that probability of discovering temporary events and dates improves by more than 35%, while the mean time employed to determine static point decreases by more than a third. We also introduce a mobile-based architecture which performs ANT tasks efficiently and easily for the user.