mozloc

Using Mozilla Location services, log location vs. time using WiFi or convert to KML.


Keywords
wifi, geolocation, mls, mozilla-location-service, nmcli
License
MIT
Install
pip install mozloc==1.1.2

Documentation

Mozilla Location Services from Python

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Uses command line access to WiFi information in a short, simple Mozilla Location Services with Wifi from Python. The command line programs used to access WiFi information include:

Note that a similar service with better accuracy is available from Google. Let us know if you're interested.

Install

Get latest release

pip install mozloc

or for latest development version

git clone https://github.com/scivision/mozilla-location-wifi/
pip install -e mozilla-location-wifi/

Usage

MozLoc

Shows time lat lng accuracy N BSSIDs heard. In urban areas, accuracy of less than 100 meters is possible.

dump raw signals

mozloc_signal

Windows

On Windows, NetSH is used. You may need to disconnect from WiFi (leave WiFi enabled) to make your WiFi chipset scan and be able to get location.

convert to KML

Display logged data in Google Earth or other KML viewer after converting from CSV to KML:

python csv2kml.py in.log out.kml

which uses

pip install simplekml

Note that your time MUST be in ISO 8601 format or some KML reading programs such as Google Earth will just show a blank file. E.g.

2016-07-24T12:34:56

TODO

Would like to add Bluetooth beacons.

Notes

Windows

To print verbose information about nearby WiFi:

netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid

Raspberry Pi 3 / 4 / Zero W

Debian comes without NetworkManager by default. Be careful as you lose Wifi password etc. by this procedure

  1. Install network manager and remove the old
    apt install network-manager
    apt purge dhcpcd5
    reboot
  2. upon reboot, try
    nmcli dev wifi list
    you should see several wifi access points and signal.
  3. try the MLS geolocation program above.