Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




841 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 200


# 138484 6-Jan-2014 19:33
Send private message

What is all that about?

I was just stopped by the law on Kaipatiki Rd, on the shore.

They thrust some gadget into my face and demanded that I say my name and address.

Why?

I guess that they can demand my name and address but to make me say it into a machine seems odd.

I doubt that there is anyone in the NZ police force with the intelligence to think of trying to voice print the population on behalf of the GCSB but I have no better explanation.

It could be that they are looking for drivers whose name does not match the car rego and think that a ruse like this is more likely to get a true answer but again, I doubt that they are smart enough to come up with that.

Perhaps they have a remote breath tester that works at a distance and they just need to get people to speak at it and saying anything would do.

Anyone know more about this?


Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3
Dangerous Chocolate
167 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 41

Subscriber

  # 962080 6-Jan-2014 19:38
Send private message

It sounds very much like a breath testing check point. The device is an alcohol "sniffer", that can detect the presence of alcohol and a rough estimate of the quantity, that will suggest to the officer whether a formal breathalyzer test should be done.

Note that you don't have to use your real name, Kermit the Frog from Sesame street worked well for me :-)



5421 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1876


  # 962081 6-Jan-2014 19:38
Send private message

Alcohol breath tester.

 
 
 
 


155 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 3


  # 962082 6-Jan-2014 19:39
Send private message

Breath test mate.  Its just an indicator, rather than evidential.  Surprised they didn't explain it though...

19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


  # 962085 6-Jan-2014 19:40
Send private message

Please tell me the OP is joking? I am just checking I have not slept for 4 months and it's not 1/04/2014

Abo

76 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 35


  # 962089 6-Jan-2014 19:48
Send private message

I think the device is designed to download all the data out of any electronic device in your car and they just ask you to talk into it to distract you. The beep it produces means all data downloaded.

2643 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 187


  # 962093 6-Jan-2014 19:51
Send private message

Abo: I think the device is designed to download all the data out of any electronic device in your car and they just ask you to talk into it to distract you. The beep it produces means all data downloaded.


Haha yeah. Wouldn't surprise me in this day and age.



841 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 200


  # 962096 6-Jan-2014 20:00
Send private message

Virgil: It sounds very much like a breath testing check point. The device is an alcohol "sniffer", that can detect the presence of alcohol and a rough estimate of the quantity, that will suggest to the officer whether a formal breathalyzer test should be done.

Note that you don't have to use your real name, Kermit the Frog from Sesame street worked well for me :-)




Thanks, in forty years of driving in at least 12 countries, that's my first test and the only testers that I have seen on the news have been the ones that they stick in your mouth.

1937 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 53
Inactive user


  # 962097 6-Jan-2014 20:04
Send private message

The cop stuck something in your mouth? Sounds dodgy.

341 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 26

Trusted

  # 962098 6-Jan-2014 20:11
Send private message

jpoc: Thanks, in forty years of driving in at least 12 countries, that's my first test and the only testers that I have seen on the news have been the ones that they stick in your mouth.


The "speak into" testers are much quicker than the "blow into" ones so better for a checkpoint where you want to push cars through as quick as possible. They aren't worth anything as evidence but quickly let the cop know whether to pull you aside to do a proper test.

They also save money as the cops would go through a large number of the disposable mouthpieces doing a "blow into" test on every car.

673 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 127


  # 962100 6-Jan-2014 20:12
Send private message

Once he stuck something in your mouth, did you suck or blow??

Careful how you answer  

2907 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 644


  # 962102 6-Jan-2014 20:13
Send private message

They could get you to say something else into the breath tester I guess - but the hope is that you should know your own name and address.

These have been around for many, many years....




Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler

2249 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 698

Subscriber

  # 962103 6-Jan-2014 20:14
Send private message

jpoc:
Virgil: It sounds very much like a breath testing check point. The device is an alcohol "sniffer", that can detect the presence of alcohol and a rough estimate of the quantity, that will suggest to the officer whether a formal breathalyzer test should be done.

Note that you don't have to use your real name, Kermit the Frog from Sesame street worked well for me :-)




Thanks, in forty years of driving in at least 12 countries, that's my first test and the only testers that I have seen on the news have been the ones that they stick in your mouth.


That's for the secondary test. The primary is always talk into the machine. Usually they show you the no alcohol result too, and there are sings around that say "Checkpoint" 

19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


  # 962106 6-Jan-2014 20:15
Send private message

But the police are recording all these tests and uploading them to the GCSB ;)

1937 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 53
Inactive user


  # 962107 6-Jan-2014 20:16
Send private message

It's merely an ice breaker to get you to say something not too awkward that lasts long enough for the machine to do its job. That job on course being to record your voice ID information and catalogue it on the police database.

The other trick I have seen the police use is to get you to count to 10. I guess that helps them improve voice ID recognition.

19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


  # 962109 6-Jan-2014 20:18
Send private message

ahmad:The other trick I have seen the police use is to get you to count to 10. I guess that helps them improve voice ID recognition.


That question is a IQ test

 1 | 2 | 3
Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

HPE to acquire supercomputing leader Cray
Posted 20-May-2019 11:07


Techweek starting around NZ today
Posted 20-May-2019 09:52


Porirua City Council first to adopt new council software solution Datascape
Posted 15-May-2019 12:00


New survey provides insight into schools' technology challenges and plans
Posted 15-May-2019 09:30


Apple Music now available on Alexa devices in Australia and New Zealand
Posted 15-May-2019 09:11


Make a stand against cyberbullying this Pink Shirt Day
Posted 14-May-2019 20:23


Samsung first TV manufacturer to launch the Apple TV App and Airplay 2
Posted 14-May-2019 20:11


Vodafone New Zealand sold
Posted 14-May-2019 07:25


Kordia boosts cloud performance with locally-hosted Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute
Posted 8-May-2019 10:25


Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute in New Zealand opens up faster, more secure internet for Kiwi businesses
Posted 8-May-2019 09:39


Vocus Communications to deliver Microsoft Azure Cloud Solutions through Azure ExpressRoute
Posted 8-May-2019 09:25


Independent NZ feature film #statusPending to premiere during WLG-X
Posted 6-May-2019 22:13


The ultimate dog photoshoot with Nokia 9 PureView #ForgottenDogsofInstagram
Posted 6-May-2019 09:41


Nokia 9 PureView available in New Zealand
Posted 6-May-2019 09:06


Motorola Solutions joins local partners to deliver advanced communications network in New Zealand
Posted 30-Apr-2019 21:50



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.