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Location-based mobile E-commerce for tourist services

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dc.contributor.advisor Xulu, S.S.
dc.contributor.advisor Adigun, M.O.
dc.contributor.author Mzila, Phiwa Douglas
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-09T08:25:26Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-09T08:25:26Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/126
dc.description A dissertation submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Agriculture at the University of Zululand, 2007. en_US
dc.description.abstract There are many instances where tourists become strangers in foreign countries and have no way of discovering available services in place they visit. These services, which are known as location based services, are normally available to only subscribers of those services. For mobile users who are not subscribers this may be unfair, especially if a mobile user is new in that environment, as he or she remains unaware of services that are available. This research proposes a dynamic service discovery mechanism whereby every mobile user is capable of service discovery irrespective of being a subscriber or not. We developed a model for location-based service discovery in a mobile environment. With this model we were able to show how components of a location based application server in mobile commerce application could be modelled in order for them to perform their task, and how services could be advertised in the vicinity of the network coverage area by the LBAS so that the user who is entering that area would be able to access services that are available to him/her We then implement a prototype of the model to showcase the usefulness of the proposed model. Our last objective was to evaluate performance of the prototype system. We conducted usability testing where we asked different people, from different faculties, to take a tour of the system. This group was then interviewed to evaluate the user-friendliness and the easiness to learn testing of the system. In both aspects, the users were satisfied with system. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Fund (NRF); and the Centre for Mobile e-Commerce en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Mobile e-Commerce en_US
dc.title Location-based mobile E-commerce for tourist services en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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