Tracking devices for cell phones used

 

Canadian government officials say StingRays and devices like it have never been authorized for use in Canada – even if some security agencies have already used them. The controversial cellphone-surveillance technology allows police departments and other authorities to spy on the cellphone activity of a wide variety of citizens. How these devices work, where they come from, and how they are being used is a story of its own.

To answer that, first we have to describe how your phone is constantly broadcasting your location. In simple terms, when you make a call on a mobile phone there is a radio transmitter and receiver inside that tries to connect to a cellular network or tower: you can actually see that radio connection by checking the bars on your phone, which measures signal strength.

Your phone’s radio will try to connect to the nearest and strongest radio signal from a base station or tower so that the call you are making can travel across the cellular network (like those offered by Rogers, Bell and Telus) all the way to the person you’re calling. The same holds true if you are texting, sending a Snap or a tweet: radios in your phone connect to other radios to transmit calls, text or data from the Internet.

Tracking devices for cell phones used

You may wonder what the difference is between a Past Track (passive) and Real Time GPS tracking device. If so, you are not alone. Essentially, the difference lies in the availability of the data from the tracking devices. Past Track tracking devices are items like the tracking key from Rocky Mountain Tracking. These GPS trackers collect and store the data about a vehicles travel, including direction, distance, speed, length of stops on a flash memory that can be downloaded to a computer at a later time.

Real Time GPS car trackers require a monthly subscription to a tracking service. The data from these tracking devices is uploaded to a secure website that can be accessed by authorized individuals to follow the movements of a vehicle in real time. These real time GPS trackers can track the direction, speed, engine status, length of time spent at a single location, violation of a geo fence defined by the user, and other features and make the data available to an internet connected computer within seconds.

It is up to the customer to determine whether past track GPS device data or real time tracking devices are needed for the particular application. Businesses using tracking devices to track their fleets tend to use real time tracking devices because it allows them to reroute drivers in case of emergency or when a new customer call comes in. The benefits of real time GPS devices for businesses are too many to list here, but the use of GPS trackers is invaluable.

Canadian government officials say StingRays and devices like it have never been authorized for use in Canada – even if some security agencies have already used them. The controversial cellphone-surveillance technology allows police departments and other authorities to spy on the cellphone activity of a wide variety of citizens. How these devices work, where they come from, and how they are being used is a story of its own.

To answer that, first we have to describe how your phone is constantly broadcasting your location. In simple terms, when you make a call on a mobile phone there is a radio transmitter and receiver inside that tries to connect to a cellular network or tower: you can actually see that radio connection by checking the bars on your phone, which measures signal strength.

Your phone’s radio will try to connect to the nearest and strongest radio signal from a base station or tower so that the call you are making can travel across the cellular network (like those offered by Rogers, Bell and Telus) all the way to the person you’re calling. The same holds true if you are texting, sending a Snap or a tweet: radios in your phone connect to other radios to transmit calls, text or data from the Internet.