well this sucks. Good ol' Missouri
Missouri: State Spies on Drivers Through Cell Phones
The state of Missouri has begun a program to track individual movements on highways through cell phones.
Delcan control roomThe 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.
Missouri rejected the simpler solution used by other states of embedding sensors in the pavement that record how many vehicles pass over a stretch of pavement without uniquely identifying them. Missouri wanted a program that required less equipment.
"The traffic community has been really excited for quite some time about the possibility of being able to use cell phones to track vehicles," Valerie Briggs, program manager for transportation operations at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials told the Associated Press. "Almost everyone has a cell phone, so you have a lot of potential data points, and you can track data almost anywhere on the whole (road) system."
A pilot program in Baltimore only tracks Cingular cell phones on 1,000 miles of road. AirSage Inc. has contracted with Sprint to spy on motorists in Norfolk, Virginia and Atlanta and Macon, Georgia.
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well this sucks. Good ol' Missouri
Read the real article, not the "authors" biased opinion. There is a link, at the link above.Originally Posted by VanMan69
They are not using it to catch speeders, or measure the speed of vehicles. I am bothered by the use of cellphones of unwitting participants, but there may be no recourse. I have to think about the legal implications, but am too busy right now.
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Hope they dont do that everywhere
Don't want to be tracked turn off your cell phone.
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just turn it off when your gonna be speeding it's not like you should be on the phone while speeding anyway heh
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I live in Missouri, an hour and a half south of St. Louis. Missouri is notorious for its poor highway design, in fact we are in the top 5 for worst roads in the country. I will be more than happy to allow them to use my cell phone however they see fit to improve roads or allow for me to have less delays. Honestly, as long as they aren't tapping into my calls what do I care? I know the paranoia is big brother this and that, but I am a resident of Missouri and we have a serious traffic crisis on our hands. St. Louis delays in the city and standstills on the interstate are pathetic to say the least given all the construction they have done. I don't know, someone from missouri back me up on this. In all honesty, not everyone is out to get you. However, I will remain skeptical of this technology until I have a full report on how this system works.
It would be cool to trick the system and make them think you were going 500mph and making instant 90 degree turns. Nasa would call you
I think that part of the thinking is that currently, emergency services only know the location of landlines. Now that a lot of poeple use cell phones emergency services have been failing because location of the caller is unknown.
As far as using the cell phones to track for speeding, I'm willing to bet they wouldn't even dare of trying although that thier approach to the whole thing is a little sketchy...
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i agree about the roads. they are horrible in comparison to the rest of the country from what i've seen. I too don't mind them tracking me to see what roads i drive on and what not, but i find it an invasion of privacy to use the data against me if they choose to do so. the speeding thing would be crossing the line IMO. but if they want to collect data, they can have at it. I don't do anything considered overly speeding anyways. i occasionally pass cars at 80 in a 65. and the occasional 35-40 in a 25. But thats about it.