Using Mozilla Location services, log location vs. time using WiFi or convert to KML.
Mozilla Location Services from Python
Uses command line access to WiFi information via Mozilla Location Services API from Python. The command line programs used to access WiFi information include:
Note that a similar service with better accuracy is available from Google.
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/
python -m mozloc
N BSSIDs heard.
In urban areas, accuracy of less than 100 meters is possible.
dump raw signals, without using API:
python -m mozloc.signal
On macOS, much more accurate results come by running as root by using sudo. This is because "airport" only emits BSSID if running with sudo.
Possible future implementation could use CoreWLAN.
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 -m mozloc.csv2kml in.log out.kml
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.
Would like to add Bluetooth beacons.
To print verbose information about nearby WiFi:
netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid
nmcli dev wifi list
Raspberry Pi 3 / 4 / Zero W
Debian comes without NetworkManager by default. Thus we recommend using Ubuntu or similar on the Raspberry Pi with this program.
If you do use Debian with the procedure below, you lose Wifi password and stored WiFi networks.
- Install network manager and remove the old
apt install network-manager apt purge dhcpcd5
- Reboot and try
nmcli dev wifi listyou should see several wifi access points and signal.
- try the MLS geolocation program above.
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