Having just gotten my first smartphone a few months ago, I’m now trying to learn the process of determining which tower its connecting to, and its physical location.
It seems the two main worlds are MLS/OpenCelliD/Unwired Labs, here, and CellMapper.net.
To actively participate I see that I need the Tower Collector app to submit to this project, and CellMapper’s app to submit to them.
Am I correct in noting that one big difference between these two projects is that participants in CellMapper can manually adjust the locations of known towers, while here machine algorithms alone determine the towers locations?
In other words, Cellmapper has its red vs. green notation for estimated vs. known location, while here there is only some sort of accuracy range?
Some preliminary comparisons show that CellMapper’s greens are truly accurate, and their reds are in the general ballbark, while this project’s locations seem more like where the tester is reporting from than the actual cell transmitter.
With CellMapper I can see there is a way to correct their inaccurate locations, but what can I do here?
E.g., for an OpenCelliD entry for a building mounted antenna near a freeway, it seems that many data samples have come from on the freeway, but maybe none from the roads around the building. What could I do to nudge the location away from the freeway back to the building itself?