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Offline J-dog

Kapsch and big brother
« on: December 13, 2013, 03:56:51 pm »
Kapsch TrafficCom AG, an Austrian company that just signed a 10-year contract to provide in-car transponders such as the E-Z Pass to 22 electronic highway toll collection systems around the U.S., recently filed a patent on technology to add multi-function mini-cameras to their toll gadgets. Today, transponders are in about 22 million cars around the U.S. Adding inward and outward facing cameras to the gadgets would create surveillance capabilities far beyond anything government agencies have tried until now.

The stated reason for an inward-pointing camera is to verify the number of occupants in the car for enforcement of HOV and HOT lanes. The outward-pointing camera could be used for the same purpose, helping authorities enforce minimum occupant rules against drivers who aren't carrying transponders.

But it's easy to imagine other uses. The patent says the transponders would have the ability to store and transmit pictures, either at random intervals or on command from a central office. It would be tempting to use them as part of a search for a lost child, for example, and law enforcement officials might find the data treasure trove irresistible. The gadget could also be instructed to take pictures when the acceleration of a car "exceeds a threshold," or when accidents occur, so it could be used like an airplane cockpit flight recorder.


Offline mox

Re: Kapsch and big brother
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2013, 04:07:08 pm »
Faark that, I need to find a way to stop fracking, buy a farm in the karoo, pack my bags and move. Absolutely no friggen privacy these days. What's next toilet cameras to see what you kak out in the morning ?

note:J-dog has already installed these at his B &B

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Re: Kapsch and big brother
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2013, 04:25:25 pm »
Doubt the current etag's shape could house a battery strong enough to run a camera unless wired into the cars battery supply.
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Re: Kapsch and big brother
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2013, 04:41:57 pm »
You are correct.  They will probably use one of their bigger products (http://www.kapsch.net/ktc/downloads/datasheets/in-vehicle/5-9/Kapsch-KTC-DS-OBU-TS3306?lang=en-US)as the base for the camera versions
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Offline J-dog

Re: Kapsch and big brother
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2013, 04:44:00 pm »
I have little doubt that this sort of thing is on the cards in the future.

Even more reason not to get tagged.

I also imagine that not getting tagged may become a criminal offence in the near future, watch this space.  :sip: