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Cloud-Based Shared Food Ordering System with Context Awareness: A Location Base Services Approach

Author Affiliations

  • 1Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Karachi, PAKISTAN
  • 2Jinnah Univesity for Women, 5C, Nazimabad, Karachi, PAKISTAN

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 2, Issue (11), Pages 84-89, November,2 (2013)

Abstract

Mobile Marketing and Location Based Services is no longer somewhat people just talk about.Location-based services (LBSs) are increasingly popular day by day. LBS provide personalized service to Smartphone/tablet users by exposing users’ location information.These services may be offered on request, such as a list of nearest ATM machines, amusement parks, beaches, hospitals, restaurants, shopping malls or gas stations etc. these services gives advantage to delivered automatically when a certain event occur. It has been proved by the research that the most popular location user searches, are restaurants and stores users search for, followed by local attractions and locations associated with leisure time. Many applications exist for ordering food on-the-go, but most of them maintain their own databases for restaurant menus and provide no or little support for a “Joint-Order”. This paper answers both questions by giving architecture with integration of third-party operated menu database (OpenMenu), and innovates a “Shared Food Basket” concept. By using Open Menu, restaurants can maintain their menus at one place, and use it everywhere, hence reducing the need for updating same menu at several places. A shared food basket is a new concept, which has capability to select menu items by multiple users, but only one of them can place it as order. The presented cloud computing approach positively minimizes the time taken to process an order, when a group of friends meet at lunch/ dinner. This research provides context-awareness model with mobile functions integration for food industry. This model tends to be cost-effective and ubiquitous access, the architecture fit into a cloud approach.

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