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There's one thing that gets me wondering how good this can be. If law enforcement become slave to these tech, what would be their reaction if it becomes unusable right away? And what are the security around this?
Like this smartphone surely use the standard GSM waves. Nothing could stop me from sniffing packets and grabbing data if thing aren't rightly encrypted.
And if I get pulled over, what stops me from having a wave jammer in my car trunk, leaving the poor officer without any mean to verify my plate/id. Would he let me go?
There's always the fallback of radioing it in, just like they used to do. The security question is a valid one, though.
And I'm sure that, after they pull the same person over a few times and every time they have to radio in the information, they would eventually get suspicious and ask in there polite manor to search the vehicle.
Well, Verizon actually uses CDMA not GSM, but your questions hit the nail on the head. Then again, as far as security goes, radio signals can be intercepted as easily as any phone signal, even easier given that often those transmissions are in the clear, full voice and everything. You can even buy devices to do that... they're called police scanners. You can listen to their radio traffic through these, it's just a radio tuned into the proper frequencies, though without the ability to talk on those frequencies obviously.
Data interception would take a bit more effort, though it could be done. But I don't really see how it's any less secure than the radio system. anyone determined enough is going to find a way around whatever system is used and whatever security measures that are put in place.
I think becoming dependent on this technology is more dangerous. Just take a look around and you'll see how dependent even the average person is on technology these days, then apply that dependence to the police force. I think they'd better keep their radios on hand even with this new system in place.
We implemented a similar system for a small local police department a few years ago.
The hardware was a pentium M powered 1024x768 touchscreen "brick pc", mounted on an movable arm with a separately mounted usb backlit keyboard/trackpad that could be detached and pulled onto the officer's lap. The system connected to HQ over CDMA modems, but all traffic was encrypted (AES) over an IPsec VPN tunnel.
We still support the system and it works rather well.
Not sure that is pratical.
1. You have to switch off your car engine.
2. You will have to load your car with lots of large batteries to TX enough power, give the car is a metal box
Once the office sees your rear suspension loaded I am sure they will ask to see inside!!
I've used the Redfly terminals, though the one I used was the more expensive model with the eight hour battery. They're really nice devices, they can pretty much turn that Windows Mobile smartphone you have into a equivalent of a low-powered netbook. They're perfect for this kind of task, I'm surprised this is the first time it's been tried.
Of course you are certainly correct. I should have been more precise in my language. The Redfly is a terminal, and depends on the portable device's memory and CPU, but it requires some processor and memory for its own operation. I'm not actually certain of the specs, however.
In every success there is always an abuse of advancement. We now have high tech gadgets. As it grows tremendously criminal acts becomes indisputable. But anyway, my point here is to create a security despite of unsecured environment. Just recently, an FBI officer accused of abuse of authority. sneaking around the dressing room inside the mall. Cell Phone has a lot of advantages. you can now install it to your car as a GPS tracking device. It would sounds great if enough members of the open-source community would take notice and create great applications for it.
http://spyville.com/telephonerecorder.html>Spy Edited 2009-04-22 08:29 UTC