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"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."
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[http://realtimeblog.free.fr/ 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.
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'''Help us build a free database! We hope many will upload!'''
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==Description==
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The purpose of this software is to log GSM data, together with
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GPS coordinate. This data are sent to the [http://www.openbmap.org openBmap] website,
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in order to build a free database. In order to keep a '''high quality'''
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of data, we store GPS quality, speed, GSM signal strength, etc...
  
 
At this time, only cellular networks are concerned.
 
At this time, only cellular networks are concerned.
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is free to use (in the same way as OpenStreetMap).
 
is free to use (in the same way as OpenStreetMap).
  
Map status (last update 2009-02-06 03:30:31)
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Map status (last update 2009-03-31 00:45:10)
Cellular: 6 countries, 9 mobile networks, 313 location area codes, 8905
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Cellular: 7 countries, 10 mobile networks, 390 location area codes, 10375 cells
cells
+
  
This could be used for:
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Privacy note: when you upload, exactly as with [http://www.openstreetmap.org OpenStreetMap], your logs allow to
* locate you on a map. You don't need to turn GPS on. And as your GSM is
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know where and when you were. You have been warned  ;-) !
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.
+
  
 +
==Possible use of this database==
 +
* get your location based on the current GSM cell you are connected to.
 +
(GPS needs extra power to function, GSM is always on. Less precise
 +
than GPS, but enough for a lot of usages. Instant location as database is located on your phone, GPS
 +
needs time to get a fix. This also protects your privacy: no need of sending your GSM data to third parties)
 +
* speed up GPS first time to fix by providing the location based on GSM data (the GSM gives less precise result as GPS)
 +
* geolocate your photos when taken
 +
* get a map of GSM coverage
 +
* get a map of 2, 2.5, 3G coverage (not yet implemented)
 
* ...
 
* ...
  
The package "Freesmartphone.org client" provides you with a logger,
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==Current tools and API==
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  
 
If you want to get located through your GSM data, at the moment you can  
use the Web API . There is a Web interface available to use this API and display zones on a map.
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use the Web [http://realtimeblog.free.fr/api/openbmap_api.php API]. There is a [http://realtimeblog.free.fr/cell_map.php Web interface] available to use this API and display zones on a map (e.g. KML for Google Earth).
  
'''We hope many will upload!'''
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==What you should expect==
 +
* The complete process is done through graphical interface.
 +
* Requests CPU resource to prevent phone from going to suspend (this depends on the configuration of the phone...).
 +
* generation of logs (no log during a call)
 +
* Graphical window to enter login/password before upload (possibility to cancel upload).
 +
* upload of logs
 +
* Graphical window proposing to delete all logs already processed.
  
Privacy note: when you upload, exactly as with OSM, your logs allow to  
+
==What's new since 0.1?==
know where and when you were. You have been warned  ;-) !
+
* The complete process is now done through graphical interface!
 +
* Neighbour cells logging code is present, but deactivated. The reasons are:
 +
** we need to clarify the meaning of some fields
 +
** we need to clarify if there is no risk of mixing cells and MCC/MNC at the borders.
 +
* Now displays GSM data at startup. No need to wait for network update.
 +
* Before upload, login/password graphical interface added.
 +
* After upload, asks about deleting all processed log files.
 +
* Requests CPU ressource to prevent phone from going to suspend (this depends on the configuration of the phone...).
 +
* Do not log if a call is ongoing. The reasons are:
 +
** when in a call org.freesmartphone.GSM.Network.GetStatus() returns a lower signal strength.
 +
** org.freesmartphone.GSM.Monitor.GetNeighbourCellInformation() returns garbage when in a call.
 +
* Software id and version added in generated logs
  
[[mailto:onen.om@free.fr|I]]  copy/paste the README of the package at the end of this email.
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==Manual==
 +
Interface is straightforward.
  
Onen
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Note: The GPS is started as soon as the application is launched.
 +
And it keeps running if the application is logging or not. This
 +
is to prevent losing the GPS position if you pause your logging.
 +
You have to exit the application in order to stop the GPS.
  
[1] http://realtimeblog.free.fr/
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* A button to start generating logs.
[2] http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=218065
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Values will be displayed when valid. Logs are stored under HOME/.openBmap/Logs by default.
[3] http://realtimeblog.free.fr/api/openbmap_api.php
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[4] http://realtimeblog.free.fr/cell_map.php
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==README:==
 
 
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.
 
* A button to stop generating logs.
  
Note that at the moment, the GSM part gets updated only after
+
* A button to upload.
receiving an asynchronous update from the network. This
+
This pops a window up, which displays the current login/password.
means at start time, it is normal the GSM part does not display
+
Please modify it before pressing 'ok' button if needed. You can
GSM information, even if you are registered to network.
+
cancel upload by pressing 'cancel'.
 +
 
 +
If you press 'ok', 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.
  
* 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
 
After succesfull upload, the logs are moved to
 
HOME/.openBmap/Processed_logs by default.
 
HOME/.openBmap/Processed_logs by default.
  
Warning: you should create an account on realtimeblog.free.fr
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When upload is finished, the result is first displayed (how many logs
website, and fill the login/password in the configuration file
+
have been uploaded out of how many available).
before upload works.
+
Then a popup window will propose you to delete all (this includes
 +
possible logs from previous upload) the processed logs (located in
 +
HOME/.openBmap/Processed_logs by default).
  
* A button to exit.
+
Warning: you should create an account on [http://realtimeblog.free.fr openBmap]
 +
website, and fill a correct login/password in the popup window
 +
displayed before upload works.
 +
 
 +
* A button to exit (if logger is active, it will first stop it cleanly, and then exit).
  
 
Config file and application log are located under HOME/.openBmap
 
Config file and application log are located under HOME/.openBmap
 
directory by default.
 
directory by default.
 +
 +
You can modify values in the config files (by editing it). This
 +
way you can have a fine grained control of your logger:
 +
* change the locations of logs
 +
'openbmap logs directory name', 'openbmap uploaded logs directory name'
 +
* change the rate of logging
 +
openbmap logger default scanning speed (in sec.) = 10
 +
* set a minimal speed for logging
 +
gps minimal speed for logging (km/h) = 0
 +
* set a maximal speed for logging
 +
gps maximal speed for logging (km/h) = 150
 +
* please do not modify other values, this could prevent the logger from working correctly.
 +
 +
If you break your configuration file, just exit the application.
 +
Delete the configuration file (by default: HOME/.openBmap/openBmap.conf).
 +
Launch the application. The configuration file, if not found is
 +
generated with default values.
 +
  
 
==Known bugs:==
 
==Known bugs:==
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   process.
 
   process.
  
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==Source,Packages==
 +
Tar, ipk package can be found [http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=218065&package_id=310952 here].
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Public git [http://myposition.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=myposition;a=summary repository].
  
 
[[category:Application]]
 
[[category:Application]]

Revision as of 20:29, 2 April 2009

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.

Help us build a free database! We hope many will upload!


Contents

Description

The purpose of this software is to log GSM data, together with GPS coordinate. This data are sent to the openBmap website, in order to build a free database. In order to keep a high quality of data, we store GPS quality, speed, GSM signal strength, etc...

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 2009-03-31 00:45:10) Cellular: 7 countries, 10 mobile networks, 390 location area codes, 10375 cells

Privacy note: when you upload, exactly as with OpenStreetMap, your logs allow to know where and when you were. You have been warned  ;-)  !

Possible use of this database

  • get your location based on the current GSM cell you are connected to.

(GPS needs extra power to function, GSM is always on. Less precise than GPS, but enough for a lot of usages. Instant location as database is located on your phone, GPS needs time to get a fix. This also protects your privacy: no need of sending your GSM data to third parties)

  • speed up GPS first time to fix by providing the location based on GSM data (the GSM gives less precise result as GPS)
  • geolocate your photos when taken
  • get a map of GSM coverage
  • get a map of 2, 2.5, 3G coverage (not yet implemented)
  • ...

Current tools and API

If you want to get located through your GSM data, at the moment you can use the Web API. There is a Web interface available to use this API and display zones on a map (e.g. KML for Google Earth).

What you should expect

  • The complete process is done through graphical interface.
  • Requests CPU resource to prevent phone from going to suspend (this depends on the configuration of the phone...).
  • generation of logs (no log during a call)
  • Graphical window to enter login/password before upload (possibility to cancel upload).
  • upload of logs
  • Graphical window proposing to delete all logs already processed.

What's new since 0.1?

  • The complete process is now done through graphical interface!
  • Neighbour cells logging code is present, but deactivated. The reasons are:
    • we need to clarify the meaning of some fields
    • we need to clarify if there is no risk of mixing cells and MCC/MNC at the borders.
  • Now displays GSM data at startup. No need to wait for network update.
  • Before upload, login/password graphical interface added.
  • After upload, asks about deleting all processed log files.
  • Requests CPU ressource to prevent phone from going to suspend (this depends on the configuration of the phone...).
  • Do not log if a call is ongoing. The reasons are:
    • when in a call org.freesmartphone.GSM.Network.GetStatus() returns a lower signal strength.
    • org.freesmartphone.GSM.Monitor.GetNeighbourCellInformation() returns garbage when in a call.
  • Software id and version added in generated logs

Manual

Interface is straightforward.

Note: The GPS is started as soon as the application is launched. And it keeps running if the application is logging or not. This is to prevent losing the GPS position if you pause your logging. You have to exit the application in order to stop the GPS.

  • 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.
  • A button to upload.

This pops a window up, which displays the current login/password. Please modify it before pressing 'ok' button if needed. You can cancel upload by pressing 'cancel'.

If you press 'ok', 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.

When upload is finished, the result is first displayed (how many logs have been uploaded out of how many available). Then a popup window will propose you to delete all (this includes possible logs from previous upload) the processed logs (located in HOME/.openBmap/Processed_logs by default).

Warning: you should create an account on openBmap website, and fill a correct login/password in the popup window displayed before upload works.

  • A button to exit (if logger is active, it will first stop it cleanly, and then exit).

Config file and application log are located under HOME/.openBmap directory by default.

You can modify values in the config files (by editing it). This way you can have a fine grained control of your logger:

  • change the locations of logs

'openbmap logs directory name', 'openbmap uploaded logs directory name'

  • change the rate of logging

openbmap logger default scanning speed (in sec.) = 10

  • set a minimal speed for logging

gps minimal speed for logging (km/h) = 0

  • set a maximal speed for logging

gps maximal speed for logging (km/h) = 150

  • please do not modify other values, this could prevent the logger from working correctly.

If you break your configuration file, just exit the application. Delete the configuration file (by default: HOME/.openBmap/openBmap.conf). Launch the application. The configuration file, if not found is generated with default values.


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.

Source,Packages

Tar, ipk package can be found here. Public git repository.

Personal tools

"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" 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 . There is a Web interface 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  ;-)  !

[[1]] 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

README:

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.