Big Brother Set to Guard a TV Near
Wed September 10,
2003 07:16 AM ET
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Big
Brother technology that already allows people to be tracked through
their mobile phones could soon be installed in household objects,
tipping off police if they are stolen.
Televisions, DVD players and computers could be fitted with
microchips identifying their location and their normal proximity to
each other, automatically alerting police if they change
unexpectedly, according to a scientist on Wednesday.
"We haven't yet proved the technology will do it, but we are
confident it will," Professor Nigel Linge from Britain's Center for
Networking Telecommunications Research told reporters.
He said a police-monitored pilot project testing the hybrid
wireless and mobile phone technology should be up and running within
six months in the northern English city of Manchester.
The technology could probably locate a tagged machine down to the
nearest meter, he added.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the British Association for the
Advancement of Science, Linge said there were even talks about
installing global positioning technology in cars that could regulate
"If you are in a 30 miles an hour zone, the system would
automatically prevent the car going over that speed," he said.
Linge said he was well aware of the potential implication for
civil liberties of the intrusive potential of the new technology,
but at present he was focusing only on the technical aspects.