[Geowanking] Wireless network mapping
geowanking at highearthorbit.com
Tue Nov 21 08:43:05 PST 2006
Hi Dan - welcome to Geowankers!
You probably should also look into Skyhook's Loki, and Navizon, both
commercial databases of wifi points and location. PlaceLab was an
Intel project for mapping out wifi and cells.
GSMLoc.org is Christopher Schmidt's project for mapping mobile cells
and could serve as a good example of getting good user contribute to a
data collection system like this.
As for output - I would also suggest possible GPX (or at least point
to a GeoRSS/KML to GPX parser) for people to easily download into
their GPS receivers. Though GPSBabel could do the conversion & upload
Looking forward to hearing more about the project.
On 11/21/06, Dan Efergan <dan at subsubskills.co.uk> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I've literally just joined the Geo list, and am diving in with a request for
> some info. I hope this isn't rude, and that I manage to negotiate the email
> without pulling off some list faux pas. I've searched the archives for
> relevant data, of which there has been plenty, but apologies in advance if
> i've missed something and ask again.
> I'm working with Bristol City, in the UK, to create a map of the wireless
> networks across it's city centre. With a reasonably small budget, my aim is
> to create something that is open, and a first step that will be supported
> with future development. We plan to create both a database of network
> information with a public API, and an online map which utilizes that info.
> (note: we understand other systems exist, namely Wigle, but it's API is not
> supported and it's current visualization bad for general public usage. We
> plan to output our information back into Wigle)
> An important step in creating this db, is the formats we upload and finally
> output. I was wondering if people here had any views to add to our current
> research. I'll stick specifically to the outputs (although if people on
> this list are also involved with apps such as kismet and netstumbler, I'd
> also like to ask questions on inputs).
> We're current swaying towards outputting data as GeoRSS, Kml, and perhaps
> GML. Alongside a simple cvs output. Does this cover most angles? Are there
> any there that just shouldn't be used, perhaps due to an obvious future
> issue (well obvious to you), or just a lack of understanding on our part?
> Does anyone have any pointers towards current open source projects that
> parse into these formats. Seems crazy to rebuild parsers if they exist
> Also, while here, we could be looking for technical support producing this
> app, in particular for the database app mentioned above. Working with
> people already knowledgeable in Geo markup would be a plus, so I thought to
> Many thanks,
> Dan Efergan
> dan at subsubskills.co.uk
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