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Improve location acquisition with wi-fi positioning [answered]

asked 2013-12-26 01:56:20 +0300

Ilari Stenroth gravatar image

updated 2013-12-26 01:57:20 +0300

Please integrate wi-fi positioning support to Sailfish and Alien Dalvik location acquisition systems. Some possible data sources for wi-fi positioning:

  • OpenCellID
  • OpenBmap
  • OMA SUPL (licensing issues with supl.google.com / supl.nokia.com?)
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how does AGPS relate to this?

AL13N ( 2013-12-26 02:09:49 +0300 )edit

A-GPS needs satellites (in assisted mode cell towers can be used to get a fix quicker) whereas wi-fi positioning is independent to GPS availability. Wi-Fi positioning might be used as an additional assistance for A-GPS, I guess.

Ilari Stenroth ( 2013-12-26 02:16:46 +0300 )edit

@Ilari Stenroth thanks for the helpful explanation

AL13N ( 2013-12-26 02:46:32 +0300 )edit

I'll just note that all Wifi positioning solutions I've seen so far (mainly the one used by Firefox & Chrome for HTML 5 location handling) leak quite a lot of potentially sensitive data to a third party service, namely:

  • list of all WiFi AP ESSIDs, MAC addresses and signal strengths

And provided your position is found using this:

  • your current location with building-level accuracy

Other than the privacy ramifications, WiFi location seems to work pretty well in a dense enough urban setting. But there should be an option to disable it, due to the above mentioned privacy concerns.

MartinK ( 2013-12-26 03:58:36 +0300 )edit

i'd like a mechanism that respects privacy . Why not keeping the database in phone memory storage? This will at least improve location acquisition in frequent places where i am.

ron282 ( 2013-12-26 09:48:10 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-01-07 08:45:11 +0300

Aaron McCarthy gravatar image

Wifi positioning is already supported. It uses the HERE service.

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But HERE phones home and needs (mobile) data connection. openBmap would allow offline mode.

tuxlig ( 2014-04-25 12:11:22 +0300 )edit

Please allow using offline data (wlan/cell almanachs) and complete disabling of HERE online data collection.

ortylp ( 2014-04-25 23:17:27 +0300 )edit

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