U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old Yesterday, 03:33 PM
 
18,608 posts, read 15,560,321 times
Reputation: 34994

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by ironpony View Post
Oh okay. So when the tracking device sends out a signal of where it's location is, to be read, can a stalker read the signal on their cellphone while driving and following the car?
Don't forget, that poster used one in the early 90's. They have come a long, long way since then. You don't need to attach a phone to the car.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old Yesterday, 03:50 PM
 
11,569 posts, read 4,209,859 times
Reputation: 5057
Quote:
Originally Posted by ocnjgirl View Post
Don't forget, that poster used one in the early 90's. They have come a long, long way since then. You don't need to attach a phone to the car.
Do not mix up the technology and the devices. A commercial device may well use the cellphone system though it is not a cellphone. But if you do not wish to leave a trail you would use some RF frequency.

There is an ongoing debate in the industry between RF tracking systems and GPS based ones. Both have advantages and disadvantages. There is much marketing nonsense.

However to surreptitiously track a car either will work.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Yesterday, 03:54 PM
 
3,813 posts, read 1,220,675 times
Reputation: 1133
Oh okay, how does the RF one leave a trail exactly? Do other people accidentally pick up the radio frequencies or something?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Yesterday, 04:12 PM
 
11,569 posts, read 4,209,859 times
Reputation: 5057
Quote:
Originally Posted by ironpony View Post
Oh okay, how does the RF one leave a trail exactly? Do other people accidentally pick up the radio frequencies or something?
There are people who monitor RF frequencies as a hobby or for cause. Scanners exist that sweep the RF frequencies looking for stuff. Some of it can be encoded though that is mostly illegal. Many of these trackers know how to decode at least some signals. There are even unofficial networks who clue each other onto interesting stuff.

There has been a tech race between the listeners and various users who would like to keep their communications private. The police for instance.

You can look up the various battles over intercepting cell phones as an example.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Yesterday, 04:23 PM
 
18,608 posts, read 15,560,321 times
Reputation: 34994
Quote:
Originally Posted by lvmensch View Post
Do not mix up the technology and the devices. A commercial device may well use the cellphone system though it is not a cellphone. But if you do not wish to leave a trail you would use some RF frequency.

There is an ongoing debate in the industry between RF tracking systems and GPS based ones. Both have advantages and disadvantages. There is much marketing nonsense.

However to surreptitiously track a car either will work.
Remember too that iron pony’s character who will be using this device is a cop. He may have access to equipment that others don’t.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Yesterday, 04:24 PM
 
3,813 posts, read 1,220,675 times
Reputation: 1133
Yes but he is a cop who has decided to pursue the case on his own, cause the police had to drop the case, cause they had no evidence and no probable cause. So even though the character is a cop, since he has decided to pursue it on it's own, he cannot sign out equipment without rousing suspicion therefore, and would probably have to use his own.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Yesterday, 04:27 PM
 
11,569 posts, read 4,209,859 times
Reputation: 5057
Quote:
Originally Posted by ocnjgirl View Post
Remember too that iron ponyís character who will be using this device is a cop. He may have access to equipment that others donít.
I would think a cop goes cell phone system all the time. Better data...no screwy interruptions... and a track maintained.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Yesterday, 04:28 PM
 
3,813 posts, read 1,220,675 times
Reputation: 1133
But since the cop is choosing to do it on his own, he will not be allowed to be issued police standard equipment.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Yesterday, 04:31 PM
 
11,569 posts, read 4,209,859 times
Reputation: 5057
Quote:
Originally Posted by ironpony View Post
But since the cop is choosing to do it on his own, he will not be allowed to be issued police standard equipment.
Then he is a civilian and back to RF tracking mostly. You have to decide how you are creating him...most cops are pretty much non knowledgeable of the area though there are specialists who know the stuff.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old Yesterday, 04:36 PM
 
3,813 posts, read 1,220,675 times
Reputation: 1133
Yeah he would be pretty much non-knowledgeable of it. However, he does have a computer hacker acquaintance, that he is using to help find out the suspected villain's identity earlier. Maybe a person like that would know how to whip up a tracking device, or the main character can just buy one?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top