Comparison of Geolocation Database Providers

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This page performs a comparison of several geolocation service providers: W3C Geolocation, Quova, Maxmind, and IP2Location. The W3C Geolocation service determins location by the browser providing GPS location (if available) and signal strengths of visible WiFi annoucements. Each provider determins the location by their own internal processes and data sources.

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Geolocation Details for

W3C location marker W3C Geolocation Quova location marker Quova MaxMind location marker MaxMind IP2Location location marker IP2Location
Latitude 0 39.0481 41.2183
Longitude 0 -77.4728 -73.2517
Accuracy (m)
Country united states united states
State/Region virginia connecticut
City ashburn fairfield
Postal Code 20149 06828
Area Code 203
Time Zone -05:00
Organization general electric company
Connection () corporate comp
ASN 14618

Geolocation Providers

W3C Geolocation

W3C Geolocation is the World Wide Web Consortium's attempt to standardize this technology for use in any web-related application for a client-side device. Standardization isn't as easy as it seems, as geolocation isn't so much about a single program as it is a collection of several disparate programs, each of which provides an imperfect solution to the problem. The imperfections in each solution overlap with the geolocation capacities of the others, so the combination is a sort of perfect basket that allows for any computer connected to the Internet to find where it's located. The technologies used are: IP Geolocation, GPS, Wi-Fi Positioning and Cell Tower Triangulation. Each technology adds a level of certainty to W3C geolocation.

Read More: W3C Browser Geolocation


We have more IP geolocation experts than all other vendors combined. We will work with you to help you determine the best combination of IP intelligence to produce the highest level of quality and results.

Over the past ten years Quova has built a powerful and sophisticated research system for understanding and interpreting worldwide IP address data. We are devoted to improving the process of mapping the Internet. Quova actively collects and analyzes data 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have data collectors all over the world that feed our database of information, and that information is processed by both intelligent automated algorithms as well as experienced human analysts. Our analysts and algorithms work together, each indicating parts of the network the other should focus on as well as providing checks and balances that ensure quality and improve each other's output and processes. No other provider has as mature a geolocation collection and processing system as Quova.


GeoIP® by MaxMind

GeoIP® is the proprietary technology that drives MaxMind's IP geolocation data and services. GeoIP provides businesses with a non-invasive way to determine geographical and other information about their Internet visitors in real-time. When a person visits your website, GeoIP can determine which country, region, city, postal code, and area code the visitor is coming from. Furthermore, GeoIP can provide information such as longitude/latitude, connection speed, ISP, company name, domain name, and whether the IP address is an anonymous proxy or satellite provider.

The idea behind GeoIP is simple but the process is complex. We employ user-entered location data from sites that ask web visitors to provide their geographic location. We then run millions of these datasets through a series of algorithms that identify, extract, and extrapolate location points for IP addresses.

To name a few applications, GeoIP can be used for delivering customized content, targeted ads, web log statistics, digital rights management, and regulatory compliance. In fact, you may already be using GeoIP without realizing it. MaxMind's GeoIP technology has been integrated by many of our partners for ad-serving, fraud screening, web analytics, firewall/spam protection, and anti-phishing/anti-identity theft applications.



IP2LocationTM is a geo IP solution to help you to identify visitor's geographical location, i.e. country, region, city, latitude, longitude, ZIP code, time zone, connection speed, ISP and domain name, IDD country code, area code, weather station code and name, and mobile carrier information using a proprietary IP address lookup database and technology without invading the Internet user's privacy. The database is also being used by Fortune 500 companies. Download your free copy of the demo database today.


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