A software to predict criminal behavior

agosto 26, 2010 Technology No Commenti

The story narrated by Philip K. Dick in his Minority Report, which inspired a successful movie with Tom Cruise, seems to have come true, although a bit different, in Philadelphia and Baltimore. In fact, if in the movie police was employing some clairvoyants to predict murders and intervene a few instants before they could actually happen, in these US cities, police is using a software which can analyze the odds according to which a set of convicted criminals can give in to the temptation of committing new crimes.

This software is currently used to assess the opportunity for a stricter surveillance on detainees released on parole, to try as much as possible and prevent the risk that such detainees commit another violent crime. In the near future, police in Washington DC is hoping to adopt an updated version of this crime prevention software, developed by a research team at University of Pennsylvania, also to try and prevent lesser crimes.

Should this software prove efficient, it could be used not only to evaluate the level of surveillance necessary for a parolee, but also in court to establish the bail amount. So far, parole officers have been responsible for assessing the parolees’ progress during their parole period, and according to their judgment, along with the detainee’s criminal record, the surveillance level is set.

Thanks to this software, it will be a computer to make this decision, based on an algorithm developed by Professor Berk’s research group, which takes into account several variables ranging from criminal record to place of residence, which can expose him to a higher risk of becoming a killer.

A GPS navigator in your favorite supermarket

agosto 26, 2010 Technology No Commenti

All those who use a portable GPS navigator, either integrated on a cellphone or a pocket one, know well that, when you find yourself inside a residential building or a complex such as a shopping mall, the navigation system would go mad and loses its accuracy, because naturally it is designed only to provide guidance on the road, not inside our homes or in a supermarket.

But today, thanks to a tool developed by the Washington State-based Point Inside, it is possible to use GPS navigation also indoors, at least if you are a customer of any point of the Meijer supermarket chain, based in the US Midwest.
In fact, from a cooperation between these two companies, an iPhone application is born, which will allow supermarket customers to navigate with extreme precision within the mall, to have an easier time looking for their favorite products and avoiding time wasting while wandering among the shelves.

This GPS application, called Find-It, is linked to a database of over 100 thousand items, and can provide guidance to its users towards the product they are looking for, by using a combination of signals from GPS satellite, mobile phone network and the one from the local WiFi network used inside the shops. Currently, Find-it is only available on 4 supermarkets from the Meijer chain, where it is being tested for any possible future development.

In the future, such an application could make its way out of shopping malls, to land in several other places where an assistance for orientation might be welcomed, for example in airports, especially the large international hubs where the less savvy traveler might easily get lost. Thanks to such an application, it could be much easier for them to find their way to the right boarding gate, with no risk to get lost… and to lose their flight!

GSM Interceptor, to listen to all cellphones around you

agosto 26, 2010 Technology No Commenti

For police and law enforcement forces, the opportunity of intercepting conversations travelling in the air over the cellular network is often vital during an investigation, as it allows them to gather intelligence and evidence that can lead to the capture of dangerous criminals, and most of all, can be used against them before a court of law.

Of course, the best way to pick up conversations is by being able to identify the suspect’s mobile phone, which is not always possible due to obvious security reasons, as coming out of the darkness and trying to provide our target with a spy mobile phone might be too risky and compromise the entire mission.

In such situations, the best way to move is by trying to identify the area where our target is moving, and start the action by using a passive telephone interception system.
For example, GSM Interceptor is a mobile phone eavesdropping device which can pick up every conversation taking place on a cellphone within 500 meters, and its presence can not be detected in any way by the network operator.

Thanks to it, it will be possible to monitor and store up to 200 different numbers, obtaining a recording of every phone call, as well as all information concerning the counterparty’s phone number, date, time and duration of call.
GSM Interceptor works by automatic scanning of all channels, and once it detects a channel where a conversation is going on, it would automatically start listening, displaying all identification numbers of the engaged handsets.

Those numbers are IMEI, that is, the one that uniquely identifies each and every handset, IMSI, the number assigned to the SIM card mounted inside the same handset, and TMSI, which is a number that is assigned by each single “cell” to a phone when it is within its coverage area. Thanks to the first two numbers, it will then be possible to locate and identify the phone belonging to your target, and at a later stage monitor his calls wherever he is.

The passive monitoring system GSM Interceptor is housed inside a comfortable suitcase, and can be taken along with you anywhere to monitor phone calls in the surrounding area, without looking suspicious; it just needs a 12V power to run, so you can even connect it to the cigarette lighter of your car for outdoor operations. It works with GSM networks, both encrypted and non encrypted, on 900 and 1800 MHz band.

For obvious reasons, due to the sensitive nature of this device, only law enforcement or governmental agencies can purchase and use GSM Interceptor. For more information on how this telephone interception system works, we recommend that you visit the Endoacustica website and contact our experts for detailed answers.

Three world records for the Zephyr UAS

agosto 26, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Zephyr, that is, the pilotless aircraft, powered by solar energy, which a while ago was launched by QinetiQ over the Arizona skies for an endurance test, after the end of its adventure is now the official holder of three world records in its category, and those records have just been ratified by the FAI (Fédération Aeronautique Internationale).

Specifically, we are talking about the absolute endurance record for an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) type aircraft, the endurance record in the category between 50 and 500 kilos, and the absolute altitude record, with a flight that reached a height of over 70000 feet, equivalent to roughly 21500 meters.

Zephyr is a HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) unmanned aircraft, designed to float at high altitudes for weeks or months in a row, in order to provide continuous monitoring on a specific area. This newly established endurance record, during a test flight on the Arizona desert, had it floating in the air for over 14 days, but in its designers’ intentions, this record should be easily outdone in the future.

This is made possible by its solar power, provided by solar cell panels placed on Zephyr’s wings, and thanks to an electric engine which would use less power than the amount actually harnessed by the solar panels, in order to gain a reserve of power to be used during the night to keep the vehicle in the air and provide power for its on-board systems.

Thanks to Zephyr, it will be possible to carry out aerial monitoring missions much more flexible than those currently done via satellites, and most of all, at a much lower cost, both in terms of launch and operation, and as far as normal maintenance is concerned.
Furthermore, thanks to the fact that it is powered by a renewable energy, Zephyr is perfectly compatible with the current trend oriented towards a new generation of drones, with no pilot and zero polluting emissions, in order to keep ground personnel safe during military missions, while keeping the air clean.

Apart from a strictly military reconnaissance usage, Zephyr can also be used in the telecommunication field, acting as some sort of “flying antenna” top reach areas where a radio or telephone coverage is not present, such as for example mountainous areas in Afghanistan, where ground troops may encounter difficulties in communicating with their base due to the particular morphology of the terrain.

Of course, its long endurance characteristics also make it suitable for a scientific usage for reconnaissance and aerial photography in areas of particular interest, or for a civilian usage in telecommunications, for example to restore phone connections with areas hit by a natural disaster, in order to guide rescuers towards the most severely affected points.


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