October WashU GIS Users Group Meeting

Wednesday, October 18th at 4:00pm
Danforth Campus, Cupples II, Room 230

Speaker:
Anne Trolard, MPH
Center Manager
Public Health Data & Training Center
Institute for Public Health | Washington University in St. Louis

Less than half of Americans meet recommendations for physical activity, and current methods of tracking activity levels (e.g self-reports, accelerometers) have significant issues. Advancements in proximity technology may be used to assess physical activity at lower costs and with more straight-forward measurements. We used proximity technology, specifically Bluetooth beacons, to measure movement of study participants in two Washington University buildings for a two week period in May 2017. Results show that beacons may be a viable option, but many facets must still be addressed.

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