GSM Tower Location and GPS

Robin Paulson robin.paulson at
Tue Jun 24 23:57:28 CEST 2008

2008/6/25 Charles Edward Pax <pax at>:
> 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?

great idea

some work has already started on a tagging scheme for this, have a
look on the osm wiki:

so there are others with the same idea

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