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The mobile PDA-Based Tour Planner

 
Francis Siu
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Hi Jonathan, Michael Yuan and all ranchers
I am now conducting a research for my final year project,one of the topic I want to do is that the mobile PDA-Based Tour Planner.
This project is concerned with the development of an application that can give advice to tourists as to where to go given constraints in temporal and spatial constraints.The application is to be used on a PDA or a mobile phone so that tourist can have access to it anywhere anytime.
Does the book cover a part of coding/design related to this topic?
Or any comment on this topic (easy or hard) and the tools or material I should read?
thanks for your time to answer
 
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Sounds like an ambious project. Where do you want to store the maps? How do you license maps if you want to use it in real world? Do you need location information from the device?
 
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Sounds like an ambious project
I agree too
Because more information I need to find out.
The time within a week that I use to do some research.
Where do you want to store the maps? How do you license maps if you want to use it in real world? Do you need location information from the device?
I may use the database to store the maps, the system may use only in Hong Kong, Yes,the mobile phone should read or get the information from the server which connecting the database.
Is it a difficult task?
 
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By "temporal constraints" do you mean things like this:
An exhibit is on display from Date1 to Date2
Shows/tour/lectures start at 1:00, and 3:00 on Monday through Friday but only at 2:00 on Saturday
If so then you may have another issue - people/organizations can be really bad at keeping this kind of information up to date.
It sounds like a really interesting project, and I think "ambitious" may be an understatement - especially if all you've got is a week to research it.
Good Luck! Please keep us informed - who knows you may get some volunteers to assist (if that's allowed).
 
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As with most projects of this type, you can do most of the work on the server side. All the client really needs to do is send its current location; the server will do its lookups based on the client's location and the client's current local time, then sends back some information to the client. At this point there's really no point in making this a MIDlet; you could just as well have it be a WAP application.
MIDP adds some attractive features, though; you can cache results from the server for offline viewing, you can save user preferences in persistent storage to make lookups nearly seamless. And of course you can make the user interface look a lot better than a WAP application.
There's a standard API, JSR 179, for retrieving location information from GPS-enabled devices, but I don't think any devices implement it yet. For location information you'll have to (1) ask the user to enter an address or (2) use a proprietary API, which makes your code device-specific.
 
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thanks for Jonathan give me some tips

If so then you may have another issue - people/organizations can be really bad at keeping this kind of information up to date.
Ar..yes you predict right
Most of the tourists who without enough knowledge of Hong Kong.The project cover the planning of location which should be used some optimized logic to show the best path for the tourists
who knows you may get some volunteers to assist (if that's allowed).
I want but my teacher do not allow some people directly do with this project.
if I have problem, i will show it in this forum, and the software of project will show to all the ranchers who can give comment to it
thanks for your attention
Burk & MY

[ June 26, 2003: Message edited by: siu chung man ]
 
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I'm looking forward to hearing the updates... Good luck!
 
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Just be aware: commercial maps and geocodings for points of interests might be expensive to license and even harder to manage. Learning how to setup and administrate a GIS server is a huge task by itself.
 
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Michael Yuan
Learning how to setup and administrate a GIS server is a huge task by itself
Is the GIS server freeware?
and
Do you know something related software tool which is free or in low price?
Because I see here and here but it needs $$ and only use for US.
Actually,I know it is a complex task for calculate the currX-currY in the map,in the map, we can see many buildings,road,mountains,sea--etc,if I just use my own method is not flexible(because original idea does not use the international scale for currX-cuurY and need to use a lot of time to enter the details of cuurX-currY in the database),I think that I do not have any support(professional software and specific)on this topic, but I try to find out more information and then do the analysis and design procedure.
Hope you give me more advice on it
thanks
 
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