GSM Tower Location and GPS

ian douglas id at
Tue Jun 24 23:51:31 CEST 2008

That's a great idea. Has it been done before? I know there's a GSM
coverage map on the 'net somewhere (don't have my home bookmarks at
work) which may include actual tower locations already.


Charles Edward Pax wrote:
> Here's an idea: OpenMoko shows me locations of GSM towers near me by
> knowing my location via GPS. This could be useful when in a remote area.
> Let's say I'm in a valley, have no GMS signal, and a member of my party
> or I have an injury. It would be useful to know in which direction I
> should travel to get a signal in the shortest time period.
> Here's another idea: Record signal strength and position information for
> generating a coverage map. We can record tower code, signal strength,
> and phone location. This information could be used with the Open Street
> Map data to generate a real-world coverage map. This could also be
> useful during an emergency in a remote area. Instead of just knowing
> where the towers are I could look at the coverage map generated from
> other users.
> What do you folks think?
> -Charles
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