Hazard Scout will mark the GPS location of a device at the moment that a report is submitted.
The location is determined by the observer's device. Accuracy is entirely dependent on their hardware.
Need help with location permissions on a device? See the Location Permissions Guide
Typically a device will try the following strategies to get the best location possible (each being less accurate than the one before):
- GPS - accurate within a few meters (assuming you have GPS reception)
- WiFi - Typically accurate within few hundred meters, but can be off by very large amounts in rare cases
- Cell Network - Uses triangulation of cell towers to estimate your position
- ISP - Uses the geographic location of your Internet Service Provider. Can be dozens or even hundreds of miles off.