OpenCellID

13Apr08

Just stumbled across OpenCellID : Google may still be keeping the GSM cell ID database they’re using for Google Maps for Mobile closed. In the mean time, however, Thomas Landspurg (of J2MEMap fame) has started his own, collaborative open source effort to compile a free directory of GSM cell IDs along with their geo-coordinates!

There’s a mobile client for collecting data (only for J2ME though, so far, which means it wouldn’t work on the average Symbian device right now), HTTP APIs for submitting and querying cell ID geolocations, and a Google Map plus a cool KML network link for browsing cell locations.

From what I’ve seen there’s a whopping two cells mapped for Austria. But hey, it’s a young project. I’m definitely excited about this. See Thomas’ original introductory blog post here.



4 Responses to “OpenCellID”

  1. Hello Simon,

    Thanks for mentionning the project. I am sure that Austria will move faster wand we will see more austrian cells in the near future! πŸ˜‰

    Regards!

  2. I’ll try to get my hands on a SonyEricsson device and help out a little. (Peter, Matthias: in case you’re reading this – you get the hint, don’t you? πŸ˜‰ )

    Any chance on a Symbian version any time soon? The N95 (and most likely all future N-Series phones) would make perfect Cell ID sniffing devices!

    Keep it up,
    Rainer

  3. Yes simon, the only issue with N95 is that CellID is not accessible from J2ME.

    I’ve made some experimentation with PYthon, but it’s so hard to get everything signed that I gave up…. If somebody would make a signed process for S60 that communicate with J2ME to provide CellID, this would be great…

    The other option: waiting for new SE phones with embeeded GPS…I am sure that they will keep access to CellID too, so it will be very easy to create the database quickly…

  4. 4 Matthias

    Rainer, no clue, what you’re talking about πŸ˜‰ I’ll give it a try here at the ftw. and tell you about my results. Yeah, J2ME definitely needs a standardized way to get the cell id, no doubt.


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