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# 208259 3-Feb-2017 15:27
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Anyone have any idea what these solar powered grey boxes mounted on poles in Tawa, Wellington might be? There are a number of them, they have no branding and have been around for at least 12 months.

 

This one is on the corner Main Road and Cambridge St in Tawa.

 


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# 1715008 3-Feb-2017 15:51
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Cant help you but wondered the same. Have seen them popping up here in BOP and wondered what they are with their solar panels. Big brother watching perhaps


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  # 1715076 3-Feb-2017 16:51
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They're devices for monitoring traffic flow by looking for how long it takes bluetooth and wifi devices to travel between them.

 

Here's a video that shows you the internals:

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1715086 3-Feb-2017 17:21
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Amazing. Yay the privacy act though.

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  # 1715090 3-Feb-2017 17:27
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It's a secret, experimental government effort in mind control. They want to convince people Tawa is a good place to live ;)


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  # 1715118 3-Feb-2017 18:56
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JayADee: Amazing. Yay the privacy act though.

 

NZTA have been using these for years and last time I asked don't have any public privacy policy in regards to use storage/use of the data.

 

 


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  # 1715119 3-Feb-2017 19:04
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timmmay:

 

It's a secret, experimental government effort in mind control. They want to convince people Tawa is a good place to live ;)

 

 

It would be if they had a good pub or a bottleshop... Drink your Tawa away! :D

 

 

 

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JayADee: Amazing. Yay the privacy act though.

 

NZTA have been using these for years and last time I asked don't have any public privacy policy in regards to use storage/use of the data.

 

 

Obviously they'd be using MAC addresses.. Long live metadata!*

 

 

 

*Now available in govt databases everywhere.


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  # 1715125 3-Feb-2017 19:37
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blakamin:

Obviously they'd be using MAC addresses.. Long live metadata!*



You are driving a car with a large unique number screwed onto the front and back bumper ( which is most likely directly linked to both you and your address in a single database ) ...and you are worried about bluetooth metadata......

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  # 1715128 3-Feb-2017 19:49
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wellygary:
blakamin:

 

Obviously they'd be using MAC addresses.. Long live metadata!*

 



You are driving a car with a large unique number screwed onto the front and back bumper ( which is most likely directly linked to both you and your address in a single database ) ...and you are worried about bluetooth metadata......

 

Yeah, and if I'm driving a work vehicle... And I'm not passing a camera every 2 minutes.

 

BT and WiFi. 

 

But that's alright, "if you have nothing to hide, there's nothing to worry about" :/

 

 

 

Some of us value some privacy.


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  # 1715186 3-Feb-2017 22:25
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And ever since I read Dave Eggers Book, 'The Circle' this kind of stuff reminds me of it.
Link to summary: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/12/the-circle-dave-eggers-review

Very enjoyable (if flawed as a story) novel. Recommended reading to make you think about some possible outcomes of all this surveillance.

Still, pretty neat way to monitor traffic from the Geek in me.

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