Investigating the accuracy of base station information for estimating cellphone location

Liam Smit*, Adrie Stander, Jacques Ophoff

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Abstract

An important feature of cellphones is that their location can be determined. As long as the cellphone is powered on, the location of the cellphone can always be traced to at least the cell from which it is receiving, or last received, signal from the cellular network. Such, network based, methods of estimating the location of a cellphone is useful in cases where the cellphone user is unable or unwilling to reveal his or her location. This paper investigates the accuracy of using base station information for estimating the location of cellphones. Through quantitative data analysis large variations between the best and worst accuracy of recorded base station locations are exposed. Thus, depending on the requirements, base station locations may or may not be accurate enough for a particular application.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 International Conference on Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare and Digital Forensic, (CyberSec 2012), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26-28 June 2012
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
PublisherIEEE
Pages88-93
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467314244, 9781467314268
ISBN (Print)9781467314251
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 International Conference on Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare and Digital Forensic - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 26 Jun 201228 Jun 2012

Conference

Conference2012 International Conference on Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare and Digital Forensic
Abbreviated titleCyberSec 2012
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period26/06/1228/06/12

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    Smit, L., Stander, A., & Ophoff, J. (2012). Investigating the accuracy of base station information for estimating cellphone location. In 2012 International Conference on Cyber Security, Cyber Warfare and Digital Forensic, (CyberSec 2012), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26-28 June 2012: proceedings (pp. 88-93). [6246171] IEEE . https://doi.org/10.1109/CyberSec.2012.6246171