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    This sounds like a neat idea if it doesn't become too much of a distraction. I've been using my Valentine One for almost 10 years now and usually I can spot them before the V1 does half the time. Problem with the camera I think is the limited FOV.

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    Most police cars now have so much electronics in them, that there must be a particular radio frequency that can be detected. Then you just need something to work out the strenght of signal then you can work out aprox how close one is.



    just a thought

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    MY local PD has a system in the station that shows a map of the town and realtime data on ALL cars. It shows their lightbar status, location, speed, duration of rest, etc. every- and any- thing a dispatcher might want to know.

    I figure it's got to be some time of WAN they have set up (as they just got handhelds through a grant that have internet access.)

    I was psedo-wardriving the other day (still tweaking netsumbler and my gps is yet to work with it) and I got 3 hits at a donut shop (no lie) where there was a cop car sitting. I've only been able to reproduce two without the cop car there. This got my hopes very high.

    Imagine if they are broadcasting WiFi!? There has to be some program that can generate a special sound for a certain MAC address for a wLAN AP.

    As far as I know, it's still legal to listen for their call, I just cant be active in getting to the police stations system (which would be a gold mine.)

    It's bad enough my scanner is useless, they all have Nextels now for private info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBFoxbat
    Imagine if they are broadcasting WiFi!? There has to be some program that can generate a special sound for a certain MAC address for a wLAN AP.

    As far as I know, it's still legal to listen for their call, I just cant be active in getting to the police stations system (which would be a gold mine.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBFoxbat
    MY local PD has a system in the station that shows a map of the town and realtime data on ALL cars. It shows their lightbar status, location, speed, duration of rest, etc. every- and any- thing a dispatcher might want to know.
    That is a feature of the Nextel phones. There is a java app they can turn on that will blimp out their GPS location to a map, along with their speed and last known location about every 5 minutes. No tell (as i like to call them) gave me a demo on them in a business meeting we had at work a few months ago. The dispatcher is justing using their web browser to hit this special nextel site that shows all their locations on a map, then on the right (or left...can't remember) has a listing of all active radios. They can also text message them back and forth and message whole groups.

    Quote Originally Posted by EBFoxbat
    I figure it's got to be some time of WAN they have set up (as they just got handhelds through a grant that have internet access.)

    I was psedo-wardriving the other day (still tweaking netsumbler and my gps is yet to work with it) and I got 3 hits at a donut shop (no lie) where there was a cop car sitting. I've only been able to reproduce two without the cop car there. This got my hopes very high.

    Imagine if they are broadcasting WiFi!? There has to be some program that can generate a special sound for a certain MAC address for a wLAN AP.
    You may want to get a linux distro installed on your machine or linux bootstrap that has Kismet, which can see broadcasted and non-broadcasted Wi-fi mac and wi-fi cards. If unencrypted, you can see the data in clear text. If encrypted, its garbage, but enough of it logged, you can run a cracker like John the Ripper against it. However, any connection to their nework besides captureing data packets in the air might get you into jail. Netstumbler only sees broadcasted wi-fi.

    If you REALLY want to find out and got the time, try signing up as a volenteer cadet. You don't get paid, but get to ride around with a police officer...and would get a MUCH closer look of their system. Of course, the other option would be to just ask an officer, either some reporter style or just out right. Milage may vary..
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBFoxbat
    MY local PD has a system in the station that shows a map of the town and realtime data on ALL cars. It shows their lightbar status, location, speed, duration of rest, etc. every- and any- thing a dispatcher might want to know.

    I figure it's got to be some time of WAN they have set up (as they just got handhelds through a grant that have internet access.)
    Thats so cool. If we could tap into that system...imagine the possibilities.
    I know about 5 cops around here that would let me examine their cars. I'll see what I can find out. I know that when they retrieve plate info, they connect to either sattlelite or wiretowers using some kind of Motorola modem that connects to the computers serial port.

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    here in jacksonville, we have crown vics, exploers, expaditons, impalas (brand new too), and alot of POS fords (depends on year, all different models). we also have a couple of badass unmarked cars, including an escalade (hooked up), a white ford mustang (with moving ka radar), and a yellow corvette (i don't think this one has radar in it).

    i got myself a V1, so I'm not too worried about speeding in the straight aways, but when I do my carputer, i'm going to interface some rdf equiment with my bearcat 250d, tie it into a gps system (gpss, google it), and tune it to the repeater channel in all the cop cars. with the volume low on the scanner, and a prompt on the computer when a new "piggy" pops up, I should be safe for a couple of blocks or so, especially around corners. i'll probably be asking some questions about antenna lengths (for the rest of the radio geeks on here) when it comes down to the nuts and bolts, but all's good for now

    btw, don't try this at home unless you have a amatur's license. it's a felony in florida to have a police scanner in your car if you don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kandyman676
    That is a feature of the Nextel phones. There is a java app they can turn on that will blimp out their GPS location to a map, along with their speed and last known location about every 5 minutes
    I know of this. It's actually pretty neat. when you plow the snow for the town, they make you carry one. The police data is streaming though. It's real time. It's really cool actually. Thats why I figure its Wi-Fi. I guess i'll have to look to see if they're running IE on their laptops. I don't know what the handheld units are. They look like PDAs from afar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Whelan
    If a Crown Vic, a car with a roof rack(mistaken to be a cops roof lights), etc. are around me, I know it.
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    i made this a while back because someone on my350z wanted it.

    take a look at the cop car number and the driver
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