Re: Monitoring people (was Re: Meritocracies and freedom ofinformation)

From: Chuck Kuecker (
Date: Mon Oct 22 2001 - 14:20:31 MDT

At 09:58 AM 10/22/01 -0500, you wrote:
>A relatively simple way to monitor suspicious activity without new
>technology would be to make GPS units manditory for all licenced motor
>vehicles. The necessary infrastructure to continously monitor all
>vehicular motion could then be continously
>examined and sophisticated GIS/mapping overlays could (if the proper
>software was implemented) provide a relatively cheap anti-terrorist
>system that could be in place in 2-5 years.
>This would be intrusive to personal privacy but might there be civilian
>offsets to make this useful?

It's going to take a huge infrastructure to keep track of ALL cars all the
time - and anyone who wants to go under the radar need only clip the
antenna lead from his GPS. If you can't track everything at least once
every few minutes, you will lose lots of data that could be important.

Who will pay for the air time when 200+ million vehicles all want to report
position? Will there be any room left for the people who can't drive
without a cellphone glued to their ear?

Chuck Kuecker

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