Saturday, February 25, 2006

ZoneTag: Geolocating photos

If you own a Nokia Series 60 phone check ZoneTag, a new free service just announced by the Research arm of Yahoo for photo uploading to Flickr through a Yahoo account. If you have a Bluetooth GPS unit that works with the phone, ZoneTag will use that data to geolocate your uploaded picture.

Otherwise it will use the cell ID of the "cellular tower your phone is using to connect." Each tower has its own cell ID but it might actually be a few miles away from where you are located and calling from.

This will give you at best the city and zip code which might serve the purpose of searching for photos with those parameters. ZoneTag will "learn" from the uploaded pictures about the location of the corresponding Cell ID's as the service usage picks up.

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