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VoIP Data and Google Maps Mashup Shows Live Calls

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the visualization-is-cool dept.

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damianwayne writes "OnSIP, a provider of hosted Voice over IP business communications, announced today the latest addition to their website: a visualization of live calls made using the OnSIP service, made possible by an integration of real time OnSIP data and Google Maps API. Each time an OnSIP customer makes or receives a call, a pin is dropped on the live call map, openly displaying call volume peak and trend information." This is all from one company's VoIP network, though — would be interesting to see an overlay of heatmaps from various providers.

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34 comments

Interesting, but... (2)

lscotte (450259) | about 3 years ago | (#36639812)

Too expensive... https://www.callcentric.com/ [callcentric.com] and others are still cheaper by a significant margin...

Re:Interesting, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36639906)

Per minute VOIP call termination with no monthly charge... http://www.voip.ms/ [www.voip.ms]

Anyone have better? Better as in:
    - likely to exist >12 months from now
    - per minute cost only, no monthly sub fee
    - good call quality throughout N.America, Europe
    - <$25 minimum start amount

Re:Interesting, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36639964)

www.callwithus.com

Re:Interesting, but... (0)

sooth... (203055) | about 3 years ago | (#36639990)

http://Velocity.com 1.5 cents per min 20 sign up.
Check http://nerdvittles.com for special pricing details.

William...

Re:Interesting, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36640056)

Per minute VOIP call termination with no monthly charge... http://www.voip.ms/ [www.voip.ms]

Anyone have better? Better as in:

    - likely to exist >12 months from now

    - per minute cost only, no monthly sub fee

    - good call quality throughout N.America, Europe

    - <$25 minimum start amount

callwithus.com way cheaper than both callcentric and voip.ms for countries I frequently make calls to.

- A highly satisfied user of CWU since an year

Re:Interesting, but... (1)

operator_error (1363139) | about 3 years ago | (#36640122)

www.12voip.com

Been using them well over 1 year, they are a betamax company: http://backsla.sh/betamax [backsla.sh]

When I buy in 10 euro amounts, I get 10 free days. Seems I only my use credit to call Dutch mobile phones at $.06 per minute. The free days cover pretty much cover all my landline calls in 'most modern VOIP countires' such as NL, US, UK, etc. Check out the rates yourself. I don't limit how much I call or for how long and my costs are like a few euros over several months, not tens of dollars.

Bought a Polycom IP-650 phone, but the codecs also work great using my Nokia phones. www.voipcheap.com is #2 in my book.

People flinch at the betamax voip service, but no one seems to bother to sort out the correct asterisk settings, although the SIP termination configuration is fairly well documented on all the betamax sites. My quality is perfect, and my callers/callees agree.

Re:Interesting, but... (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about 3 years ago | (#36648924)

voip.ms is not per minute, they bill by 6 second increments.

Re:Interesting, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36652194)

This is fairly standard in the industry. He asked for one better. You provided nothing.

How carefully do their customers read the TOS? (5, Interesting)

JustinFreid (1723716) | about 3 years ago | (#36639830)

I'd like to think my VoIP provider doesn't have the latitude to publish my and my receiver's location in realtime, even anonymously.
Certainly the content of the calls is still private, but maybe a lot of chatter between let's say Redmond, WA and Espoo, Finland could have suggested the recent deal placing Windows Phone 7 on Nokia handsets.
Better read my terms of service...

Re:How carefully do their customers read the TOS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36639900)

I just zoomed into Los Angeles to find that the call was coming from the LAPD...

Re:How carefully do their customers read the TOS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36640448)

I just zoomed in on the call I received. It's coming from inside the house!! I'm not sure wh

Re:How carefully do their customers read the TOS? (3, Interesting)

drolli (522659) | about 3 years ago | (#36640486)

Yes. and if you actually live in a rural area then this is perfect for stalking. Call your ex-girlfriend and look where the pin drops. In a rural area you then know where she is.

Re:How carefully do their customers read the TOS? (2)

dissy (172727) | about 3 years ago | (#36644124)

then this is perfect for stalking. Call your ex-girlfriend and look where the pin drops.

Looking at the map, it is clear each call is only identified as one of seven of the phone company POPs (points of presence)

For example there are two pin locations in California, one at Santa Cruz, and another at San Diego.
That does not narrow down a location any further than a state, since each POP services at least many cities, if not many states (They are IP phones after all.) The above example covers all of California, and would only tell you northern or southern assuming only covering many cities. If covering many states, it only tells you she is somewhere in South Western in America.

It in no way allows someone to stalk anyone, any more than me saying "I live within a three state radius from New York", without you even knowing I actually live in Ohio

It is the frequency of the pins dropping that is the interesting part. Seeing roughly two calls a second in northern Cali, and even more in New York, they are clearly the most active locations.

Re:How carefully do their customers read the TOS? (1)

drolli (522659) | about 3 years ago | (#36644434)

Nevertheless, it may reveal when somebody whom you knwo travels between known locations.

Re:How carefully do their customers read the TOS? (1)

one-egg (67570) | about 3 years ago | (#36645354)

It's even worse than you think. It's midnight right now in California, and the number of calls on the map is tiny. And since you can use Google Maps to zoom in, I had no trouble learning that there was an onSIP customer at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department. Just think of the fun: you can zoom in on somebody's house and tell that they're awake...

jquery (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36639862)

I've recently spotted (via noscript) a couple sites pulling jquery scripts from jquery domains instead of hosting these scripts themselves. OnSIP appears to be another. Is this careless development or is someone just too cheap to spare the bandwidth for scripts they're using?

Re:jquery (0)

CrashandDie (1114135) | about 3 years ago | (#36639910)

Actually, jQuery provide links to a few free CDN servers for anyone to use. These include CDNs provided by Google, Microsoft and jQuery themselves. The main advantage of using public CDNs is that the .js file (whether minified or not) is usually already cached by the browser by the time the browser hits your webpage. And vice-versa, if someone visits your website before Google's (ok, maybe not so likely), Google will benefit because their website will load faster.

So, neither careless development nor cheap people. Just you forgetting to check the jQuery website [jquery.com] and being off-topic.

Re:jquery (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36639920)

Rey Bango gave an interesting breakdown [youtube.com] on why this is happening more and more.

Just to be sure (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 3 years ago | (#36639958)

Did it look to anyone else like there were fewer than 100 calls going on? Just to be sure, has anyone heard of this company before? Is this mashup an attempt to get some free publicity on the web? Because there map isn't all that interesting, either......

Re:Just to be sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36640080)

Onsip used to be Junction Networks... who used to be one of the few SIP providers that would let you prepay at a decent rate. These days they have plenty of competition...

Re:Just to be sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36642824)

at the bottom of the screen, they say that they limit the screen to 100 pins - to save load time

Fail? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36639968)

Am I the only one seeing a blank Google Map? Wow, the whole network is down!

Preemptive implementation of European surveillance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36640018)

The European Union has decided that all its member states must force phone companies to keep a record of phone call meta data (who calls whom, when, where, how long, etc.) for several months. This has caused significant opposition and some laws implementing this directive have already been found to be unconstitutional in some member states. And now this company not only keeps these records but also makes them publicly available? Are they nuts? Publishing or even just keeping this information without explicit customer agreement would run afoul of data privacy laws in Europe (except when mandated by law, of course).

Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36640060)

I work for a UK MNO, and have done the same with various data pieces, including mapping the cell site locations setting up data sessions in real time onto a google map. It didn't really work due to the quantity of data. The trends disappear into a blob over the whole country.

This sort of thing is only really interesting on a large scale, but it doesn't scale (well, not through free tools).

Some people in Seattle and New York talking ... (1)

Jaro (4361) | about 3 years ago | (#36640082)

... not much to see here. 5 talks in the last few minutes? When are they going out of business? Is this their last try at a publicity stunt to acquire customers? Might be the best way to frighten them off.

Re:Some people in Seattle and New York talking ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36640728)

How many people do you really think make VoIP calls on a barely known service in the wee hours of a Saturday morning (when most of the world is still sleeping)?

Definition of Slashvertisement (2)

Dynedain (141758) | about 3 years ago | (#36640374)

Hmmm... so it's a very basic mashup running on an advertising page for a VOIP server to show how spread out their population is.

And coincidentally, the ad in Slashdot's sidebar is for that exact same VOIP service.

Let me guess, the submitter works for them or is getting compensation from their marketing department?

Re:Definition of Slashvertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36641714)

you see ads when you browse??? :-|

Re:Definition of Slashvertisement (1)

Dynedain (141758) | about 3 years ago | (#36642504)

Adblock was off while I was doing compatibility testing on some sites I am building.

Are these even real? (1)

Jaro (4361) | about 3 years ago | (#36640558)

On a second note: do we know that the markers popping up are real? There could be just random US cities being choosen. If the're smart they might be even using some statistical data or at least populations size to influence the randomness.

impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36640826)

something we've had internally since integrating with Genuity in 2001

Yawn (1)

Dolphinzilla (199489) | about 3 years ago | (#36640840)

I watched for a little bit, seriously, watching paint dry is more stimulating....

Interesting (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about 3 years ago | (#36641398)

There's a guy on the phone about a block from my house. I think I'll go see what he's chatting about.

Do Not Want (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36641758)

This would be a useful feature only for the purposes of datamining.

I'm fairly certain that the implementation idea originally arose from the minds of pseudotechies who's imagination for innovation is parallel to the likes of which who have given us such things as USB powered tortilla steamers, corporate Facebook pages for sausages, Bluetooth-enabled ice cube trays, etc.. While I don't immediately believe this [idea] was originally intended to syphon off sellable information from the populace like the effing matrix, but such it shall be used.

It's easy to tell when the fence around a company's 'think tank' is too low when the only ideas it produces are to integrate existing products with faddy technologies, cameras, clocks and social networking; like when the end product is somehow equal or less than the parts taken alone.

'Preferable' is not implicit of 'possible', do not want.

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