Collaborative consumption is becoming increasingly popular worldwide because technology is allowing the Internet of Things to become a reality. Some of the key benefits of this strategy are a reduced environmental impact and a more independent and flexible community. The degree of collaboration between sources and users is important for categorizing different types of collaborative consumption. There are three main categories for collaborative consumption: consumer-to-consumer (C2C), consumer-to-organization (C2O), and organization-to-consumer (O2C). Collaborative consumption is a staple in today’s world as the Internet and mobile phone applications make this type of business model easily accessible. Famous collaborative consumption services include several aspects of life: hospitality (AirBnB), transportation (Uber, Lyft), and advertising (Craigslist). At Washington University in St. Louis, one aspecct of daily life that could undoubtedly benefit from this business model is local transportation.
Wireless Sensor networks are ad hoc wireless networks consisting of densely distributed autonomous sensors. By cooperatively communicating to a gateway sensor node using wireless communication, they are capable of monitoring various conditions of a location. Due to the nature of wireless sensor networks, they usually use passive sensors with limited power supplies. Today, there are applications of wireless sensor networks in many fields such as mobile asset management, building automation, and environmental monitoring. Combining a wireless sensor network with collaborative consumption is a viable solution to many problems that a shared economy poses.Contact Us!