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Connecting to a GPS

To be useful WhereAmI needs to know where you are, this is done via a bluetooth connection to a GPS device or connecting to your phones internal GPS, from the GSM CellID of the mobile network (if a user with a GPS has linked the CellId to the location), or entering a location manually.

Connecting to GPS

From the LatLon view click the 'Connect' button on UIQ/S80 or Options -> Connect on S60. This will either connect to LBS or scan for locally available bluetooth GPS devices. If your phone supports LBS but you would rather make a direct connection to a bluetooth GPS then from the debug menu there is an option to 'Bluetooth Direct'.


If your phone supports CellIDs you can use them to roughly find your location. You will need to 'download' unknown CellIDs from the menu on the Annotation/Named view (no email or passwords are required, just exclude the other options and include the CellIDs).


The 'Current Location...' menu item lets you edit the currently viewed position as latitude and longitude coordinates.

The Map Screen

On first start the map view will be over Kings Cross, London (on subsequent starts it will be close to where you were last looking at the map). Or your current location if connected to a GPS or your current CellID location is known and the map is set to track the current location: More -> Map -> Track Location.

You can also use the rocker switch to navigate the map. There are two modes zoom and pan, the map has a thin black border when in pan mode. In zoom mode up/down will zoom, and left/right will move to other screens. In pan mode up/right/down/left move north/east/south/west.

On touch screen mobiles you can drag the map around with the stylus, also tapping the top/bottom of the screen will zoom in/out.

Getting Map Data

The second most important thing is to get some map data. This can either be done directly from within the application or offline as a lzma compressed file that you can copy on a memory card or bluetooth to your phone.

Downloading map data

Click the 'Get Map' button UIQ version, or from the menu - Map -> Download -> Update Map... This will download any missing tiles and updates for any known tiles last updated at least one week ago for the current view. It is best to download smaller quantities of map data first and check that you are happy with the cost.

Importing map data

Use the tile selector to download a selection of tiles. There are two sizes of tiles to select, and a limit of 10.

Once downloaded you need send the importtodb.7z file to your device. It will be recognised by the WhereAmI application and automatically imported when you open the file, WhereAmI may appear frozen briefly, just be patient whilst it parses the data. Once imported you can delete the file to save space.

It is not recommended to attempt to import more than ~100-800k of map data at a time depending on memory/disk space available in your phone.

Finding a destination

The Named view normally displays the annotations you've entered, which can be set as a destination. The view can also list other named items currently loaded from the database, from a filtered list of annotations to Places/Streets/Poi's/Postcodes/CellIDs.

Select the relevant item from the Type menu.

Geo Blogging

Currently WhereAmI only support geo blogging, you can create an account from the 'Login (Join)' page, then add a blog you will be given a blog url to enter within the application.

First you'll need to add blog annotations click the 'Annotate' button when you have a recent GPS fix of the location you wish to blog about, then switch the type to Blog, enter the relevant details. If you dont have a recent fix then the lat/lon values will be left as zero. To upload your blog entrys you can then move to the 'Named' items view then More -> Named -> Upload, enter the blogurl, email and password, set blog to 'Upload/Download' and all the others to 'Ignore'.

Map Corrections

This is similar to blog postings, but doesn't require a password. Just add annotations of the correct type. Once uploaded a map correction will appear on the prototype/proof of concept:

Openstreetmap notes/feedback system

Monitoring Cell ID's

WhereAmI can monitor CellID's and create bounding boxes for where it has observed each CellID when connected to a GPS device. Viewing of the CellID's can be turned on in the map view More -> Display -> GSM Cells. The current CellID is drawn more prominently.

Contributing CellID's back

You can contribute your discovered CellIDs back to the community database by doing an 'upload' from the annotation/named items view that includes the CellID's.
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