GPSWeb Extension for Mozilla Firebird Opens Possibilities for Location-Specific Web Services

Wednesday December 24th, 2003

Davide wrote in to tell us about GPSWeb 0.1.2, an add-on for Mozilla Firebird that adds a User-Location header to every HTTP request containing the user's current position as determined by the Global Positioning System. Sites can then use this data to provide location-specific services, such as supplying directions to the nearest restaurant. The extension requires the user to have some GPS hardware connected to their computer (Davide tested GPSWeb with the Garmin E-Trex) and the GPSd Java daemon, which parses the data supplied by the GPS unit, to be running.

#13 Re: Re: Re: Re: What?

by bugs4hj <>

Thursday December 25th, 2003 6:48 PM

You are replying to this message

"I'm pretty sure that information isn't publically avaliable."

Yeah, that's correct, this kind of information isn't available for just anyone, and it better be save to protect your privacy. However, there are pretty good, but expensive, databases available for agencies that like to have a bit more control.

Btw, Merry Christmas, Jim.