Uniden USA (and Canada) GPS updates. New resource for forum members...

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We all love Uniden for providing regular US GPS updates.

However, what if you've got a new local camera that hasn't yet been included? What if you've got a location where the camera has been removed, but not yet updated in the latest release?
Well, here is the solution:

I have made an AutoUpdate Tool for the Uniden US GPS database!

My new AutoUpdate tool will review all changes made in any new official Uniden US GPS release, it can then use this info and combine it with any additional updates/changes that Forum users can provide here. The resultant file will be a binary file designed to work exactly as any Official Uniden one (and made compatible with all Uniden GPS enabled detectors without any attached firmware). The tool thereby also helps to ensure future official updates will not overwrite any/all previous improvements unless intended.

I am making these databases freely available to all for download and installation.


In order to help me achieve these goals, here are some rules I hope people can follow before posting on this thread:

1) Please only post changes that need to be made to the latest Uniden US GPS database (i.e. not for firmware requests, or other stuff: send me PM if you have any questions or requests).

2). When proposing changes, I recommend people check the coordinates and details first using Google Earth before posting here.

3) Before requesting changes, please ensure you have also tested the latest US Uniden GPS version, and preferably the latest one provided here!

4) For GPS alert removals, please specify rough GPS coordinates (i.e. within about 100m should be adequate), please specify all other info I will need to know. For example: "Please remove redlight camera, heading North, at 53.12345,-113.123456"

5) For camera additions, depending upon the amount of requests I get, I may not get chance to further review your info.
So, here is my preferred details which will allow you to provide data in a format that can be read by my code directly:

i) start each alert on a separate line indicating //MPH or //KMH for the units of speed (case sensitive). Even for a redlight camera, please use either one of these units of speed (i.e. it must have one of them).
ii) Follow next with the GPS coordinate with a minimum of 5 decimal places, and in the order: LATITUDE,LONGITUDE
iii) Next indicate the type of alert: MDRL (monodirectional redlight), BDRL (bidirectional redlight), ADRL (all directional redlight), MDSP (monodirectional speed), BDSP (bidirectional speed), ADSP (all directional speed)
iv) Next please indicate the direction for the alert selected from: N, NE, E, SE, S,SW,W,NW (For an ADRL or ADSP no direction should be given)
v) For a speed camera please indicate that speed limit. This should be in the range of 5-250. The units will be determined from the start of the line (i.e. mph or km/h).
vi) please try to remember to separate each entry on the line with a comma.

So for example: if you wanted me to add a redlight camera going west at 42.82822,-102.94967. You would specify:
//MPH 42.82822,-102.94967,MDRL,W

If for example you wanted a new 50 mph speed camera covering both north and south at 40.85543738,-124.08220947, you would specify:
//MPH 40.85544,-124.08221,BDSP,N,50 (In this example //MPH 40.85544,-124.08221,BDSP,S,50 would give the same result).

If my update tool gives any errors during a request for a new build, I may need to PM people directly for some more info (rather than cluttering up this thread).

Okay, well to start you off. I've attached the latest Official US database dated 2 April 2019 as extracted from the Official R7 US firmware file:
 

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Are either the R3/R7 capable of discerning directionality in regards to an alert?
 

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@Rossm812 I sent you a PM. I really would like to keep this thread as clean as possible, with just GPS related data and information. Perhaps I will summarise some questions at the same time as when I post updated files.
 

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Your service to the community is indeed appreciated. However, the better, easier implementation of this effort would be using GIS. I don't operate in the free Google Maps / QGIS World so I wouldn't know how to do it without some research put into it. But in the ESRI ArcGIS world, I would create a simple ArcGIS Survey123 field form, with mandatory drop down menus covering the details you present in your first form. These would get posted to the map within 30 seconds or so. On the back-end you can download the database on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis as your time allows, merge it with the existing Uniden database and post it for us to download. With your mad skillzzz, you surely would find a way to filter out duplicates and in doing so remove Uniden's entries that have dated or wrong information such as speed limits. This way we would have our own community-developed "Waze-like" database of end-user reported cameras.
 

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@f1anatic Thank you for your suggestions. I like the elegance and potential of this system, however, I don't think it is ideal for my purposes. At the end of the day, it does not write Uniden binary, only my code can do that. My code already reviews the Uniden data, and avoids duplicates during the update. It also has to incorporate the new data inside the Uniden data, in the correct format and in the right order, the amount of data also affects parts of the binary elsewhere in the BIN file. Therefore, if I was to use this type of system I would need an additional tool to pull the data off the server and then to put it into a single file and format my code can work with.

Also whilst some people may like the simplicity of the ArcGIS system, it doesn't suit everyone. It is also not freely available. Furthermore, forum users also cannot see what GPS data is being submitted. If people have lots of data that needs correcting, perhaps compile it in a single text file which can be uploaded right here on this thread.

When building databases for other countries forum members have been more than happy to use the forum facilities to provide data in a format I can work with. At the end of the day, I'm providing here a free service exclusively for the benefit of you, the forum members based in the US.
 
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It appears you've reverse engineered the database format. Are you able to download the lockout database as well? It would be extremely helpful to be able to edit that on a map.
 

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OK, I'll go first. The speed is wrong in the database at this location. The database has it at 25 MPH but it is actually 45 MPH. There is also a redlight camera at this location and the database is correct.

//MPH 41.613769,83.684131,ADSP,,45

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@WRANKIN I have completed your requested update.

There were in fact four separate alerts at this location, two for redlight, and two for speed. I have left the two redlight alerts unchanged, but the speed alerts have been replaced with your single all directional speed alert. This could be improved further as google earth street view suggests only some directions have cameras. Anyway, please test, and we can make further improvements if needed.
 

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I was just trying to suggest a way to automate things. Thanks for the community service.
 
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@f1anatic I sent you a PM. I like where you are coming from, but I will probably need some help to design how to collect the data, and extract it.
 

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Speed Camera at this location ( all directions) removed. 39 01 39 02 76 01 34 63. Note: Camera was installed during construction which is now completed.
 

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Speed Camera at this location ( all directions) removed. 39 01 39 02 76 01 34 63. Note: Camera was installed during construction which is now completed.
Please could you clarify the coordinates, this isn't making a lot of sense to me. Try use the format: Latitude,Longitude I.e. 53.4329491,-113.543518. For instance from google earth, you can just scroll to the location and pull the coordinates out of the url.

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Longitude: 39° 1'39.01"N Latitude: 76° 1'34.88"W From Google earth for removed speed camera.
 

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Longitude: 39° 1'39.01"N Latitude: 76° 1'34.88"W From Google earth for removed speed camera.
Removed:

I would prefer to be in the format set out above its a lot easier for me.
The one removed from the database was previous set at 39.0273514,-76.0264435, looks like it was set to be 55mph monodirectional. Assume that makes sense?
 

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That's correct it was a portable speed camera for construction that is now completed and camera removed.
 

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Would be great if this info had a website front end with a map one could used to find the cameras and submit a request to change the info.
 

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Hi mate, this is a bit off topic. I own a US version DFR7 and wanted to get the NZ database loaded into the radar. Are you able to merge the DFR7 ANZ DB coordinates into the DFR7 US DB please?
 

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Hi mate, this is a bit off topic. I own a US version DFR7 and wanted to get the NZ database loaded into the radar. Are you able to merge the DFR7 ANZ DB coordinates into the DFR7 US DB please?

There is a recent thread: DFR7 - NZ vs USA Firmware Differences?

I'll put the files and instructions onto that thread when its ready.
 

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Does anyone know if the new RLC DB for (20190704) for V1.5 for the R1 and R3 can be used on the R7? I assume yes, but want to be positive. On the Uniden website, the RLC is separated from the FW update.
 

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Does anyone know if the new RLC DB for (20190704) for V1.5 for the R1 and R3 can be used on the R7? I assume yes, but want to be positive. On the Uniden website, the RLC is separated from the FW update.
Yes it should go one without problem as the format etc is the same. If you have any problems, I can build a new R7 firmware file with the new DB built it.
 

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