The use of mobile devices in motor vehicles, places of employment and even prisons is increasingly destructive behavior that costs lives, decreases productivity and breaks laws. Education and laws to curb texting or talking while driving has proven ineffective in stopping the problem. Local governments are losing out on revenue as violators go uncited and our streets remain unsafe.
Tens of thousands of motorists and pedestrians have been killed in accidents attributed to drivers distracted by mobile devices. Millions of workers waste an average of one hour per day playing around on their handhelds at the employer’s expense. And an unknown number of prisoners use smuggled cell phones to conduct crime as if they are still on the streets. If only there was a technology to detect unlawful use of handhelds, it could generate billions of dollars in revenues and uplift humanity at the same time.
IC Cellular to the Rescue
New technology by IC Cellular (Akron, OH) is under development to detect and report the destructive behavior to authorities. The company’s cell phone detection circuit is the key to empowering law enforcement and employers to obtain the telemetric proof they need to put teeth to their laws and rules governing roadways, places of employment and prisons.
No one is more familiar with the problem, or how to start fixing it than IC Cellular founder and self-described cell phone addict, Michael Rosen. “If I can save just one life with my technology, it will be worth it,” says Rosen. His company is readying a device using the detection circuit that will be provided to law enforcement agencies free of charge to generate revenue by citing drivers whose use of mobile devices violates the law.
The goal: to make the streets safer, free officers from citing unsafe drivers by traffic stops and add much-needed revenue to municipalities. Underlying the dangerous cell phone use is an addiction problem that society soon must face, Rosen predicts. “Detection of dangerous mobile use is just step one,” he says. “When repeat offenders are shown to have a psychological addiction, we want to shine a light on treating it.”
IC Cellular’s technology can be used to assist law enforcement in identifying cell phone-distracted drivers; empower companies to control mobile device use in the work place, detect cell phones in prisons; alert authorities of truck and bus drivers who disobey cell phone laws, relay mobile device use data to vehicle black boxes (ECM); monitor cell phone use in heavy equipment operators; stop cell phone use by train and metro bus drivers; find a cell phone within secured settings; and disrupt cell phone use at close proximity.
Putting teeth to the laws and education efforts
IC Cellular’s developmental mobile device detection system can be mounted onto moving vehicles, including buses for non-static, flexible location detection. The company’s technology also enables recognition of a vehicle of a multi-offender of cell phone use laws by special colored license plates affixed to the vehicle. This is similar to the assignment of license plate color for a DUI offense. The detection system has the ability to check a database of wanted plates to provide law enforcement a picture of the driver, and the year, make and model of the offender’s vehicle.
Stationary device for detecting distracted drivers
IC Cellular is developing an automated system for use by law enforcement, based on RF antenna detection of specific frequencies at a specific location. When a cellular telephone frequency level is detected, it triggers the capture of pictures of the driver of the vehicle as well as the license plate. This system will assist law enforcement by automating the detection of mobile use by drivers. Police officer involvement will no longer be required at the scene. IC Cellular’s automated detection system can enforce laws prohibiting cell phone use behind the wheel communities, and give communities a new and significant revenue source.
Cell phone detection and monitoring
IC Cellular’s device in development allows for cell phone detection. The system monitors, collects, and records data. It can detect mobile devices in idle state by determining intermittent RF transmission. The detection of a cell phone is wirelessly transmitted to a remote location for intervention.
Court-ordered monitoring device
With an increasing number of states having laws against mobile device use, there is now a need for monitoring. Courts have mandated the use of monitoring technology for alcohol-related DUI offenders and home arrest programs. A device design for cell phone detection and the ability to prohibit cell phone use will be needed as our roadways become increasingly at risk due to repeat offenders of cell phone in vehicle laws.Court systems have used monitoring devices for alcohol related offenders and home arrest programs. A device design for cell phone detection and the ability to prohibit cell phone use will be needed as a court ordered monitoring device for a multiple offender of no cell phone use laws. Underlying the problem, mobile device addiction has yet to be addressed. Inappropriate cell phone use is having a profound affect on societies around the world, and IC Cellular provides one tool to combat this.