Faculty Advisor

Bianchi, Frederick W.


In order to have a better understanding of visitor congestion issues in Glacier National Park, a GPS tracking mobile phone app was designed to be distributed to park visitors. The app was designed to collect a GPS data point every 15 seconds, upload the data to a server, and then delete the data from the phone. With collected GPS data more information about visitor mobility and behavior in the park can be determined. Over time, using Big Data strategies, extensive GPS data can be collected and analyzed with predictive analysis techniques to expose unintuitive patterns in visitor mobility and behavior. Finally, the team recommends that Glacier National Park collaborate with an existing third-party company to develop the extensive data processing and analysis components of the application.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted


Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts