SINGAPORE: Singaporeans will soon be able to trace almost everything, from loved ones to company property, once a new tracking system is launched later this year.
The makers say the system promises complete coverage of Singapore.
The Track and Trace system is designed to trace signals using a satellite program called Global Positioning System and the GSM mobile phone system.
The tracking device is imbedded into a mobile phone.
People who want to find where the user is just has to call in the company's operation centre.
The users will need to enter their pin in their mobile phone menu. Once registered, the mobile phone signal will appear on screen at the operation centre.
Another home monitoring device aimed at worried parents allows subscribers to see real time pictures inside their homes using certain 3G phones.
After logging on, pictures are beamed over broadband internet to a standard mobile phone account from one or more cameras in the home.
The system costs from $10 a month while a camera is more than $500.
However, the system's maker Cisco knows it is more than just an electronic system it is selling.
"It is peace of mind. I don't know what is happening there. I lift open my phone and see what's happening there. You can use it in the home, you can even use it if you're a owner of a small antique a shop to see what your sales person is doing in the shop. Is the person on the line, talking on the telephone or serving a customer? You flip open the phone you know what's happening," said Paul Chong, CEO, Cisco.
Cisco aims to have the Track and Trace product on the market by October. - CNA /dtI share Gayle's sentiments here. This is downright creepy.
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