Introducing CellHunter at at
Sun Feb 22 15:55:16 CET 2009

Hallo Sebastian,

as stated in a previous thread, I have been working on a logger of GPS/GSM data,
for the openBmap project [1]. I was almost done when discovering through
community updates the existence of your project.

I decided to release before getting in touch with you. I had a look at your
code. Please correct me if I am wrong. You send direct AT commands to the
device, and do not use DBus FSO API? If so do you intend to keep it this way?

In my logger, I use the DBus API. Thus I thought that we could try to build a
common engine, and put GUIs on top of it. My idea would be to have an engine
based on FSO API. On top of it have your game aspect. Stefan also pointed out
that we could have the GSM/GPS logger + positioning system as a framework
daemon. (please correct me if I misunderstood).

What do you think? Source code is in the package[2], as it is Python based.



Quoting Sebastian Hammerl <list-openmoko at>:

> Hi,
> now I find the time to post on the community mailinglist and like to
> (already mentioned here) introduce myself and CellHunter.
> I am student right now and got together with some friends and imagined
> that we could have fun with cellids and games based on there cells. But
> for this we need a database to work on and so i started the project
> CellHunter [1].
> CellHunter is a game where you collect cellids together with the gps
> position you received this cell. You are working in teams and get points
> for each cell you submit. The score for the submitted cell depends on
> the type of cell if it is already known or brand new. More about the
> point system on the homepage [2].
> Right know the CellHunter database contains about 450000 entries with
> ~9000 unique cells. 35 teams active and we get new cells everyday.
> I know that there a several other cell databases and i contacted
> opencellid two days ago and will contribute. Others are welcome to
> contact me.
> The license of the data is discussed at the moment, i think it will be
> cc-by-sa but because this project is very new and grows faster than i
> expected i just want to check available licenses and their pros and cons.
> The idea to create a database of cells is not new but to combine it with
> a game is something that motivates people to contribute.
> Here are some technical details about CellHunter:
> - offline and online logging of cells
> - logging of the main and up to 6 neighbourcells your mobile phone "sees"
> - statistcs displayed right on your freerunner
> - data displayable in google maps and osm
> - browsing osm cell map with dynamically loaded cell locations
> - export as kml / csv of the whole db or by team
> - teams of submitters with infotext about the group on the homepage
> - gui availabe in german and english
> Most of the already collected cells are located in germany and i would
> like to see some other countries to start their teams and collect
> points. You get ready to run FSO and debian packages on the homepage [2].
> If you have any ideas or suggestions i would like to hear them. For
> german users: we discuss cellhunter at the freeyourphone forums [3]
> Greetings, Sebastian
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