After bringing all the equipment to the store, the most important task is the positioning of the beacons. Different places have to be tested for the beacons to ensure the best functionality for the localisation module. Another important aspect for the positioning is to find hiding places, so customers don’t get distracted during their shopping. With the help of the beacons, the ASSET App is able to localise the consumers position in the store and consequently help with their shopping decision without scanning every single product. On the pictures you can see how the beacons look like and how the project team managed to mount them on the shelves.

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After 1 ½ years of hard programming work, the project is finally starting to take shape in the supermarket. The ASSET team is excited to meet in the shop for the first time to discuss the setting of the field test. We are unpacking the technical equipment (beacons) needed for the localization unit and identifying the last tasks before the trial of the app can be started with test users. For the first field test, the technical functionalities of the app will be tested and evaluated. The results of this tests will help us to perfect the system for testing it in real shopping situations.

 

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Digital technologies and the Internet are rapidly changing the opportunities we have to address some of society’s biggest challenges. Across Europe, a growing movement of people are exploring these opportunities, which range from creating digital platforms to setting up social networks for people with chronic health conditions or developing online communities where citizens can map and share data on pollution levels and climate change in their areas.
DSI has the great potential to contribute to three of the most important challenges facing Europe today by reinventing:

  • Public services, often providing lower-cost models of addressing social needs.
  • Communities and how people live and collaborate together.
  • Business in ways that are better aligned with human needs.

The Manifesto for Digital Social Innovation (DSI) is an initiative promoted by the EU project ChiC* with the collaboration of the DSI4EU project and several other European innovators. It tries to address the above issues by fostering civic participation by promoting active citizenship!

https://www.dsimanifesto.eu/manifesto/

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MIDTERM EVALUATION

After finishing the first prototype of the mobile phone app and first tests in the supermarket, we are happy to announce the successful midterm evaluation of the ASSET project. Updates on the first field test and other project developments will follow soon.

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You want to buy sustainable products? It’s important for you to include lots of healthy products in your diet? You want to choose the products that correspond to your believes?

Let us know what is important for you in your shopping choice? What information do you look for when choosing food products? Which additional data would you like to refer to for an informed choice?

Let us know in the comments below. We are curious about your opinion!

 

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UPDATE FROM GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN VALENCIA

In our General Assembly in Valencia we were excited to see the first prototype of the localization tool ! Our next steps are the finalization of the prototype of the ASSET mobile-app and the planning of the field tests.

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ASSET MEETING

From 25th to 27th January 2017, the ASSET consortium and advisory board is meeting in Valencia, Spain. After the general assembly we will post more updates about the project status and other interesting news on the development of the app.

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ETH RESEARCH TEAM IN ASSET

The Computational Social Science group (http://www.coss.ethz.ch) headed by Prof. Dr. Dirk Helbing (http://www.coss.ethz.ch/people/helbing.html) represents ETH Zurich within the ASSET consortium. Dr. Evangelos Pournaras (http://www.evangelospournaras.com) and Thomas Asikis (http://www.coss.ethz.ch/people/phd/tasikis.html) are the main researchers working on the ASSET project with expertise on distributed systems, social sensing and data science. Evangelos and Thomas are designing recommender and machine learning algorithms for sustainable consumerism in ASSET. They support the consortium by introducing rigorous scientific methodologies required to understand complex social-technical systems. COSS is an internationally known and highly inter-disciplinary group dedicated to the understanding of complex techno-socio-econimic systems such as pedestrian flows, disaster and traffic management as well as designing the future sustainable digital society as envisioned within the nervousnet project (http://nervousnet.ethz.ch).

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