Imagine walking out your front door, only to have your every step monitored, tracked and cataloged by the government. Sound like some 1984 style Sci-Fi movie right? Wrong!
What was once the work of Science Fiction is now becoming reality in Seattle, Washington – which could be the first test city in the Department of Homeland Security’s bid to track every person in the country.
News Station KIRO 7 in Seattle broke the story earlier this week.
DHS WIRELESS MESH TRACKING GRID
Seattle’s new wireless mesh-network project, designed by California-based company Aruba Networks, is able to track and store the last 1,000 places you visited.
The system, which was funded by the Department of Homeland Security, works by tracking your every movement through the electronic devices you’re carrying. Cell phones, tablets and laptop computers all have a unique media access control (MAC) address; this identifier allows the mesh network to literally track your every move. The mesh network includes 160 wireless access points that are mounted to utility poles throughout Seattle.
On the company’s website, they say this system can also tie into existing smart grids, traffic cams and wireless video surveillance systems; giving the government not only the ability to track your every move, but also giving them real-time, broadcast-quality video surveillance at 30 frames per second.
This mesh network is part of whole new level of surveillance that’s being put in place across the country. From the federal government’s plan to fill U.S. airspace with drones, to the fusion centers that have popped up in cities around the country, this system is just one more example of the federal government’s attempt to track and catalog every move you make.