Cellular Handover Zones as Location Estimators


  • Zoltán Koppányi

    BME Department of Photogammetry and Geoinformatics

  • Hunor Demeter
  • Norbert Vékony
  • Tamás Lovas


Mobile communication systems produce gigabytes of mobility information day-to-day on country level, which could be exploited in various Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications. This paper presents the basic concept for tracking users based on handover (HO) zone detections provided by the telecommunication network. This concept is able to provide essential information for transportation investigations, moreover it can be used for localization. Since this application requires to understand the potential error sources, the contribution of this paper is to determine these errors and assess their impact on the derived position. For this investigation, we created a data acquisition system, and defined dierent measurement scenarios, namely, terminal vs. network side data acquisition, idle vs. active measurements, and with using various tracking software, and phone types. These results are compared. To describe the geometric and accuracy properties of the HO zones, point error and error ellipse are used. These metrics have been evaluated on our test data.



handover zone, positioning, mobility, GSM, ITS, LBS

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How to Cite

Koppányi, Z., Demeter, H., Vékony, N., Lovas, T. “Cellular Handover Zones as Location Estimators”, Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering, 59(4), pp. 451–457, 2015. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPci.7817



Research Article