A group of Australian researchers are set to launch a chip tracking device that could track you and track your location.
Key points:The researchers say it could help police detect suspects and potentially even track their movements for monthsThe device is currently being tested in the Northern TerritoryThe researchers hope the chip will help police, forensics experts and other government agencies to “monitor the movements of people and locations across Australia”The project has received a $20,000 grant from the Department of Justice and a $1,000 Australian Government grant, which is being used for “research, development and demonstration”.
The device was developed by researchers at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Computer and Information Technology (CCT) and is being tested to detect a variety of devices.
“It can be used to help police track suspects and potential suspects, for example to monitor their movements across the state,” said the CCT’s senior research scientist, Professor Paul Tisdale.
“We are interested in seeing whether or not this technology can be adapted to detect different kinds of crimes, including the kind of criminal activity that we would normally detect with a fingerprint or CCTV.”
In other words, this could help forensics agencies better track suspects.
“The device currently works by detecting whether or when a device in your pocket or purse is attached to your skin.
The device uses the wearer’s finger and thumb to detect if the device is attached.
It can then track the wearer as they walk, go to the toilet, change clothes or enter your home.
Professor Tisdales said the chip could potentially help police and forensics teams “to identify and track suspects over a longer period of time”.”
It could help with the investigation of crimes,” he said.”
You might be trying to get to the door, and then there’s this chip in your hand, you might see a finger and your thumb are linked and the chip is detecting that.”‘
We don’t have to be paranoid’The researchers also hope the device can be extended to other types of devices, such as cameras or phones.”
The way the chip works is you attach it to your palm and it senses that you have a finger or thumb,” Professor Tisdole said.”[The chip] then sends out signals to your smartphone or other electronic device, and if the signal matches what you’re looking at on the screen, it sends out an update to your phone.”‘
This is a very exciting area of research’The chip was tested on a variety-of-devices device at a research lab in Brisbane.”
I was using it with my iPad, which has a touch screen and a microphone,” Professor Tom Wahl told news.com-au.”
When the chip detects that it has detected that device, it then sends the information to the smartphone, and that device can then send back an update, so it can then recognise that the device was detected.
“Professor Wahl said the project was also using the device in conjunction with facial recognition software.”
For example, if you’re going to be driving down the road, and you have the iPhone sitting on your dashboard, and your phone can then see the location of that vehicle, it could tell you if you have committed an offence,” he explained.”
So, in the future, we’re hoping that we can get these devices out to the public.
“Professor Tedd said the researchers were now testing the chip in a range of different devices, including cameras, laptops, and tablets.”
What we are hoping is that, with the technology that we’ve got, we can use this technology in a way that we don’t currently have to have a particular type of device attached to our skin, so we can then use this information to help the police, the forensics and other agencies, to make the right decision, and so we wouldn’t need to be so paranoid about it,” he concluded.
Professor Wales said while the project is still in the early stages, he was optimistic that the chip would one day help with crime detection.”
This is very exciting technology and we haven’t yet done a lot of testing on it,” Professor Wahl commented.”
However, we’ve done some tests with it and it has been quite good.
“With the software we have, the system is very good.
I think the main thing we’re trying to do is build it into the way we interact with our phones and computers, so that it’s just a matter of time before we can actually have that technology in the hands of the police.”
The researchers are hoping to roll out the chip to other locations around the country within the next 12 months.
Topics:law-crime-and-justice,crime,internet-technology,internet,technology,australiaFirst posted January 23, 2019 13:03:22Contact Paul TeddMore stories from Western Australia