Development of an innovative information- and communication system for students, lecturers and administrative staff at the campus of the University of Linz.


Currently available mobile location-based communication services enable their users to consume roughly categorized (and therefore often unmanageable) spatial information containing text, images, sound or video. However, the potentials of location-based services are far beyond, considering e.g. user-driven creation of information using sophisticated addressing and access concepts for avoiding information overflow (spam), time-trigged and context-sensitive perception of information, and – what we consider the most powerful enhancement for location-based services – automatically executing content (smartness) by spatial proximity of approaching users.


Smart Information Campus is supposed to integrate distributed information services available at the university campus to one central information system:

  • Combination of library system, mensa system, event management, student services, registration and exam system)
    Personalized representation for individual students, teachers, guests
    Location-based calendar: “Your next lesson is in room 17. Please, consider 5 minutes walk from your current position.”
  • Integration of existing extern systems (e.g. railway)
    “Where is my train/bus currently? Do I reach it in time if I start walking now or shall I take the next one?”


The Smart Information Campus System of the University of Linz provides anyone associated with the university (teaching staff, students, administrative personnel) a new, mobile campus information, collaboration and navigation platform. SIC offers the university community the possibility of publishing location-based information elements such as texts, images, sounds and videos or to procure these via (mobile) devices on location.



Contact: Wolfgang Narzt


Smart Information Campus (SIC)


M. Schumann, W. Narzt: Business Model Development for a Mobile Context-aware Service, 26th Bled eConference, eInnovation: Impacts of Individuals, Organizations and Society, Maribor, Slovenia, June 9-13, 2013, pp. 299-313, AIS Electronic Library (AISeL): bled2013/27.
Conference Article
W. Narzt, G. Pomberger: Digital Graffiti - A Smart Information and Collaboration System, International Conference on Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, EECS 2013, Elsevier IERI Procedia (ISSN: 2212-6678), Beijing, China, May 22-23, 2013, doi:10.1016/j.ieri.2013.11.034
Conference Article
Heinrich Schmitzberger: Harnessing Wireless LAN Communication for Scalable Indoor Localization and Tracking, Doctoral thesis, Department of Business Informatics - Software Engineering, Johannes Kepler University Linz, September 2012.
PhD Thesis
G. Pomberger, M. Sonntag, R. Hörmannseder (Hrsg): Das Smart Information Campus System Informatik: Von Anfang an, Festschrift für Jörg R. Mühlbacher, Trauner Verlag, Linz, pp 183-199, 2012.
Book Chapter
W. Narzt, H. Schmitzberger: Enhancing Mobile Interaction using WLAN Proximity, 13th Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International 2011), Orlando, Florida, USA, July 9-14, 2011, Springer LNCS, doi:10.1007/978-3-642-21666-4_8.
Conference Article
W. Narzt, H. Schmitzberger: Near Field Sensing in Wireless LANs, 7th International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications, ICWMC 2011, Luxembourg, IARIA, ISBN: 978-1-61208-140-3, pp. 231.236, June 2011 (Best Paper Award!), Thinkmind Digital Library:icwmc_2011_11_10_20224.
Conference Article
H. Schmitzberger: Autonomous WLAN Sensors for Ad Hoc Indoor Localization, 13th International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory, EUROCAST 2011 - Mobile Computing Platforms and Technologies Workshop, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, February 6-11, 2011.
Conference Article
G. Pomberger: Digital Graffiti - A Framework for Implementing Location-Based Systems, International Journal of Software and Informatics (IJSI), Volume 5, Issue 1-2, 201, 1Part II, ISSN 1673-7288, 2011 pp. 355-377.
Journal Article
H. Schmitzberger, W. Narzt, Campus-Wide Indoor Tracking Infrastructure, International Journal on Advances in Networks and Services, Vol. 4, No. 1 & 2, ISSN 1942-2644, pp. 138-148, 2011, IARIA Journals.
Journal Article
H. Schmitzberger, W. Narzt: Leveraging WLAN Infrastructure for Large-Scale Indoor Tracking, Proceedings of the 6th International IEEE Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications, ICWMC, Valencia, Spain, September 20-25, 2010, IEEE Computer Society, ISBN-13: 978-0-7695-4182-2, 2010 (Best Paper Award!), doi:10.1109/ICWMC.2010.57.
Conference Article