[New software] openBmap logger (GSM positioning)

Ed Kapitein ed at kapitein.org
Fri Feb 20 10:59:21 CET 2009


Why setting up your own database, while opencellid has
"TotalCells:106120" acording to http://www.opencellid.org/cell/stats ?
I think using there database will concentrate the data in on place and
will give you a better coverage.

Kind regards,

On Fri, 2009-02-20 at 09:54 +0100, Onen wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> the openBmap team is happy to announce the first release of the openBmap 
> [1] logger/uploader for freesmartphone.org.
> As mentioned on the main page "openBmap is a free and open map of 
> wireless communicating objects (e.g. cellular antenna, Wi-Fi, 
> Bluetooth). It provides tools to mutualize data, create and access this 
> map."
> At this time, only cellular networks are concerned.
> All the software code is AGPL v3 and data are Creative Commons License
> (creative commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported), thus the data 
> is free to use (in the same way as OpenStreetMap).
> Map status (last update 2009-02-06 03:30:31)
> Cellular: 6 countries, 9 mobile networks, 313 location area codes, 8905 
> cells
> This could be used for:
> * locate you on a map. You don't need to turn GPS on. And as your GSM is 
> always on, and the database is located on your phone, it is 
> instantaneous. This prevent your battery and your privacy (don't need to 
> send your GSM data to anyone on the Web).
> * provide rough location (the GSM gives less precise result as GPS) to 
> the GPS, in order to speed up first time to fix.
> * ...
> The package "Freesmartphone.org client" [2] provides you with a logger, 
> and an uploader. It has been tested against FSO Milestones 5.
> If you want to get located through your GSM data, at the moment you can 
> use the Web API [3]. There is a Web interface [4] available to use this 
> API and display zones on a map.
> We hope many will upload!
> Privacy note: when you upload, exactly as with OSM, your logs allow to 
> know where and when you were. You have been warned ;-) !
> I copy/paste the README of the package at the end of this email.
> Onen
> [1] http://realtimeblog.free.fr/
> [2] http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=218065
> [3] http://realtimeblog.free.fr/api/openbmap_api.php
> [4] http://realtimeblog.free.fr/cell_map.php
> openBmap logger version 0.1
> What you should expect:
> * generation of logs
> * upload of logs
> Manual:
> Interface is straightforward.
> * A button to start generating logs. Values will be displayed when
> valid. Logs are stored under HOME/.openBmap/Logs by default.
> * A button to stop generating logs.
> Note that at the moment, the GSM part gets updated only after
> receiving an asynchronous update from the network. This
> means at start time, it is normal the GSM part does not display
> GSM information, even if you are registered to network.
> * A button to upload. This will block the interface until every log has 
> been uploaded.
> This means that if you do not have Internet connection up and
> running, the GUI will be frozen until timeout of the upload part.
> After succesfull upload, the logs are moved to
> HOME/.openBmap/Processed_logs by default.
> Warning: you should create an account on realtimeblog.free.fr
> website, and fill the login/password in the configuration file
> before upload works.
> * A button to exit.
> Config file and application log are located under HOME/.openBmap
> directory by default.
> Known bugs:
> * when you are generating logs, and you press 'Stop' button.
>    A popup window let you know you should wait for the logger to
>    finish stopping. Under FSO M5, if you press the power
>    button, the phone suspends. You press it again it wakes up.
>    Nevertheless the GUI is frozen. You will have to kill the
>    process.
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