Finding people from cell phone base stations

Picking up my mail today, there was the venerable Expat Magazine in my inbox. Out came a DiGi flyer, offering their business plans. What interested me?

Worker Finder™
Worker Finder™ will tell you where each employee is – based on the nearest base station to the location of the employee’s mobile phone. All with the convenience of an online interface.

Find out more, at their mobile enterprise page. RM40 for 200 searches (“pings”, if you must).

This is smart. I mean, the facility has existed ever since cell towers came to play, just why hasn’t anyone monetised on it before? Kudos to DiGi on finally, trying to.

Brings up questions of privacy though. As an employee, would you want to turn off your business phone, after hours, for fear of your office tracking you? If you were planning to skive off work, would you turn the phone off before leaving, in the event that this service tells you the last recorded cell phone tower?

Lots of thoughts, though I’m assuming once this is offered to parents, they’ll have an added bit of piece of mind, for their children. After all, isn’t the excuse to buying kids a mobile phone these days, because of safety?

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  • http://thedaneshproject.com Danny

    good stuff, I’m quite sure there will be mixed feelings about this. My boss is tracking me, should I be scared? If you are working then i guess not :)

    After hours and standby calls are going to be hard. “I’m out of town” might not work

  • angch

    Potential abuse if the tracked phones do not need to opt in.

    Heck. I wonder if they sell location based text advertising? Spam x number of users within y of location z. “Happy hour now at so-and-so!”).

  • http://thedaneshproject.com Danny

    Digi’s friend finder is now a requirement by many gf for the bf to have…

  • angch

    Potential abuse if the tracked phones do not need to opt in.

    Heck. I wonder if they sell location based text advertising? Spam x number of users within y of location z. “Happy hour now at so-and-so!”).


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