Where Is Everybody? The Wireless Network Might Know

Interesting NY Times article on a researcher who is trying to add location-based knowledge to WiFi, so that you can find out where someone is, based on their WiFi connection. The system appears to triangulate among access points to determine the exact location of the user, and can then display it on a map. In tests, it sounds like the technology works pretty well. I’m pretty sure, though, I’ve heard of other companies working on very similar systems – so I’m not so sure this is new in any way. Still, it could certainly be useful for many things. For instance, it would make it easier to track down the people you’re trying to talk to at a conference.

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