About TraceMobile

1. What is TraceMobile?

TraceMobile is a smartphone application that records location and time information for users who volunteer to participate  in the study of mobile knowledge workers.  The data are gathered on the phone and transmitted to the TraceMobile server where are they are stored securely in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

2. Who are our team members?

  • Dr. Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi: Assistant professor at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) serves as the primiary investigator for the project.
  • Will Sutherland: Graduate student at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) serves as a research assistant. 
  • Amir Zarinbal: PhD candidate in Transportation Engineering from University of Waterloo serves as the app developer for the project.
  • Dr. Ingrid Erickson (Assistant professor at the Rutgers University) and Dr. Steve Sawyer (Professor at Syracuse University) serve as academic partners.

3. What platforms does TraceMobile work on?

Right now, TraceMobile works for android devices and iPhones.

4. What information is collected by TraceMobile?

TraceMobile records GPS data, Internet connection (WiFi vs. Cellular networks), IP addresses (internet service providers), battery usage, accelerometer (to identify the speed and type of mobility: walking vs. driving).

5. How is the information gathered by TraceMobile used?

The data help us better understand and visualize mobile worker’s geographic/spatial mobility, generating a greater undersatnding of mobile knowledge workers' work practices and use of digital infrastructures.

6. If a user is interested, but still has concerns, who should be contacted?

We are always trying to understand and address potential users’ concerns; we also get great ideas to improve TraceMobile or add new functions.  Feel free to contact us  we’ll get back to you ASAP.