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ANT:l (beta) – ANonymous Tracking of Locations

2011/05/13

ANT:l (ANonymous Tracking of Locations) uses your phone to collect location data. But unlike Google Latitude or something similar it is totally anonymous.

The app has some other cool features like adding status messages to your location or sharing your location for a limited time with your friends on Twitter, Facebook or simply by e-mail or SMS. The status message are also posted to the common Twitter account “ant_location”. So, we are very curious about the messages!

The app provides a home screen widget which shows your latest status message. You can tap on it to launch the ANT:l app.

Visit the ANT:l website http://antl.pf-control.de

Features:

  • Share your location with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, SMS, …
  • Post status messages on the ANT:l website and on the common Twitter account ant_location
  • Home screen widget shows latest status message.

How anonymization works:
At the very first launch of the application it generates an unique ID. It is not possible to use this ID to identify you or your device. The ID is only used to reference the submitted location data.

The main goal of ANT:l is to analyze the collected data to learn where a lot of people are on their way and when. We may learn the traffic patterns for various locations all over the world. And we may locate special situations like traffic jams. It could be possible to predict such situations and warn users before the situation becomes real. That’s the reason why we are interested in the location data.

Have a look at the Android Market and checkout the free ANT:l app.

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