Internet of Things in Tourism: A Proposal of the Information System for Cappadocia Hot-Air Ballooning

Internet of Things in Tourism: A Proposal of the Information System for Cappadocia Hot-Air Ballooning

Ibrahim Akın Özen (Faculty of Tourism, Nevşehir Hacı Bektas Veli University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1989-9.ch007
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With the revolution of Industry 4.0, the technologies that enter our daily lives are based on smart devices, applications, and platforms with internet connection. A wide range of these technologies collected under one umbrella is known as IoT (internet of things). This chapter evaluates the stages of a touristic travel in smart tourism destinations by considering IoT architecture. The technologies used in these phases and their contributions to the tourism sector and tourists are examined. In the implementation section, an IoT-based information system is proposed for Cappadocia hot air balloon tours. The main purpose of the system is to determine whether the appropriate weather conditions are formed before the hot air balloon flights. The proposed system allows for the automation and evaluation of data already collected using traditional methods. With the implementation of the system; work and time savings can be achieved, and more accurate measurements will make safe flights.
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In this part, IoT, smart tourism destinations, IoT architecture and design in smart tourism destinations, challenges and IoT, benefits of IoT in tourism are defined and explained.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Edge Device: Nearly all IoT businesses have ‘things’ or edge devices. Edge devices could be smart or made smart.

Cappadocia Hot-air Balloon Tours: Cappadocia is known around the world as one of the best places to fly with hot-air balloons. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and features and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region.

ThingSpeak: ThingSpeak is an IoT analytics platform service that allows you to aggregate, visualize, and analyze live data streams in the cloud.

IoT: The internet is not limited to the use of desktops, laptops or smartphones and it implies also the use of interlinked objects on an ecosystem such as smart automobiles, watches, jewelry, glasses among others.

UML (Unified Modeling Language): System modeling language. It consists of 3 parts. Behaviour Diagram, Interaction Diagram ve Structure Diagram.

Analytics: In the IoT, analytics can be defined as the results achieved by analyzing data obtained through various intelligent devices.

Cappadocia Slot Service Center (CSSC): The official organization of Cappadocia hot-air balloon tours.

Gateway: Gateways could be independent boxes or small processing units that get embedded into existing edge devices.

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