Tarry for the Nonce

October 13, 2005

*Sputter Sputter Sputter*

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 12:51 pm

Anatoly Delm sent me this article with the comment “Ooooh…. you are not going to like this…”

He was right.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will spend $3 million annually on a program to monitor the movements of individuals on highways via their cell phones — without their knowledge or consent.

Delcan NET, a Canadian company, developed the system which triangulates the location of each driver by monitoring the signal sent from the cell phone as it is handed off from one cell tower to the next. Each phone is uniquely identified and the information is compared with a highway map to record on what road each motorist is traveling at any given time. The system also records the speed of each vehicle, opening up another potential ticketing technology.

Where do I begin?

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2 Comments

  1. Hmm, well, that’s just crap. Its time to start the anonymous cell phone. Any takers? (ie. think cell phone + bittorrent + opensource community). Of course, we had that at one point and they were CBs or HAM radios…. don’t ask me what they stand for, I’m a computer guy, not a rocket scientist.

    We really are entering the Orwellian age. …. where’d I put my shotgun?

    Comment by Andrew P. — October 14, 2005 @ 1:36 pm

  2. there goes my crank calling bizz. We should just go back to smoke signals. at least then we are letting them know where we are of our own free will.

    Comment by Alistair A. — October 15, 2005 @ 9:59 am


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