WE’VE GOT OUR EYES ON YOU !

28. November 2012, 18:06 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Think your location is private because you turned GPS off in your cellular telephone? Think again.

This summer's CTIA show featured an application called Altus Mobile from Polaris Wireless. This application permits the tracking of cellular telephones (or similar devices) via their mobile equipment number, a 56-bit identification number burned into the devices silicon and extremely difficult to modify. Coupled with Polaris’s Wireless Location Signatures platform which can simultaneously locate all subscriber devices on a wireless network in real-time and historically, and a target device can be tracked where it is, where it has been and its current heading. The application can also be used for electronic geo-fencing so that devices can be tracked if they enter or leave a particular region or zone. It can also be used to send alerts to subscriber devices.

The application currently opens a gateway via secure channel feeding back to a main server, however native versions for distributed and mobile deployment are in development. Currently available for the Apple platform, versions for Android and Windows devices are expected to be available in early 2013.

While intended primarily for law enforcement to track suspects, such technology is a two edged sword. In a time when privacy, anonymous speech and individual rights seem ever more under assault, the potential for abuse or misuse of such applications is disturbing.

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Keywords: GPS,cellphone tracking,geo-fence

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