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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 239-267

Leader-Controlled Real Time and Synchronous Multimedia Presentation for Wireless Mobile Group Touring Services using the Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) Technique

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering
National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, 701 Taiwan
E-mail: {huangcm; yujy}@locust.csie.ncku.edu.tw

This work designed an innovative group touring service based on the Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) architecture and developed the associated group touring APP called “DEH_Narrator”. The DEH_Narrator APP allows users to form an Mobile Social Network (MSN) group that contains a group leader and some group members. The group leader can (i) share her/his downloaded text and multimedia contents of Point of Interest (POIs) to all of the group members and (ii) control the playout of these shared contents in the handheld devices’ DEH_Narrator APPs of all group members to assist her/his oral explanation work in the group touring scenario. That is, it belongs to the other type of real time and synchronous multimedia presentation because the corresponding multimedia con-tent needs to be displayed to other group members’ handheld devices during the group leader’s oral explanation of the target POI. To meet the requirement of synchronously con-trol and real time’s presenting POI’s multimedia content in all of the group members’ handheld devices, the proposed group touring service adopted the MEC paradigm and ar-chitecture, in which a MEC server is associated with a mobile WiFi router, to provide users better quality of service (QoS) in terms of the data transmission time and quality of expe-rience (QoE) in terms of the response time from selecting a POI to displaying the selected POI’s multimedia content to all of the group members’ handheld devices. Experimental results demonstrated that the adoption of the MEC paradigm and architecture can signifi-cantly improve the performance, i.e., the response time than without adopting the MEC paradigm and architecture.

Keywords: group touring, real time and synchronous multimedia presentation in multiple handheld devices, content sharing, point of interest (POI), mobile digital culture heritage (M-DCH), mobile edge computing (MEC), mobile social network (MSN), location-based service (LBS)

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