An Internet of Things Conceptual Model and User Experience Design for Forest Hiking Systems in the Tropics Tourism

Jusak, Jusak, and Zhu, Randy (2023) An Internet of Things Conceptual Model and User Experience Design for Forest Hiking Systems in the Tropics Tourism. In: Innovation-driven business and sustainability in the tropics: Proceedings of the Sustainability, Economics, Innovation, Globalisation and Organisational Psychology Conference 2023. pp. 227-243. From: SEIGOP 2023: Sustainability, Economics, Innovation, Globalisation and Organisational Psychology Conference, 1-3 March 2023, Singapore.

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Tourism activities in the tropics region are significantly different from other parts of the world due to its distinctive features such as a mean annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, an abundance of sunshine, heavy precipitation which occasionally can induce monsoonal rainfall, high levels of humidity, dense vegetation of the rainforest, and diverse marine life. Although forest hiking has become one of the attractive interests in this wide area, the liveliness of enjoying a jungle walk might be discouraged by fear of getting lost, fear of unreachable locations by emergency vehicles, and fear of natural disasters which might lead to unpredictable subject anxiety. In this paper, we propose a conceptual model of the Internet of Things (IoT) system to support a forest hiking tourism experience. It consists of three functional sub-systems i.e., environmental monitoring sensors, tracking and tracing beacons, and early warning sensors. We propose to employ Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) architecture and communication protocols to deal with long-distance data transmission. The proposed system can provide benefits for online operational monitoring and tracking visitors’ movements to quickly detect any disruption in the field such as missing persons. The system can also be used as an early warning system when a disaster like a landslide, tsunami, wildfire, volcano eruption, or flood takes place. Several other aspects related to the security, privacy, and interoperability of the proposed system will be addressed to achieve its optimum functionality. The proposed system including both hardware and software interface will be designed and developed using co-design methods. The iterative process and stakeholder engagements used in the co-design may lead to systems that are more acceptable and relevant to the needs of an individual in a unique environment like the tropics forest.

Item ID: 80136
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-981-99-2908-5
Keywords: Internet of things, Co-design, Usability, Forest hiking, Tropics tourism, Tracking and tracing, Early warning system, User experience design
Copyright Information: © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2023.
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2023 00:23
FoR Codes: 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460603 Cyberphysical systems and internet of things @ 40%
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460910 Information systems user experience design and development @ 30%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350803 Tourism management @ 30%
SEO Codes: 22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2204 Information systems, technologies and services > 220407 Human-computer interaction @ 30%
24 MANUFACTURING > 2404 Computer, electronic and communication equipment > 240499 Computer, electronic and communication equipment not elsewhere classified @ 40%
11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110403 Tourism infrastructure development @ 30%
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