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Disable Red Light Cameras And Make Free Phone Calls

17
January
2011
  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  News
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Red Light Camera Johannesburg
It's sad, but funny at the same time. Some smart thieves in South Africa, have discovered that many of the red light cameras in operation in Johannesburg Click for map have an auto diagnostic function, that verifies if the camera is working properly. It sends it the diagnostics data to a central computer by means of a GSMGlobal System for Mobile communications (GSM: originally from Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world. Its promoter, the GSM Association, estimates that 82% of the global mobile market uses the standard.[1] GSM is used by over 3 billion people across more than 212 countries and territories.[2][3] Its ubiquity makes international roaming very common between mobile phone operators, enabling subscribers to use their phones in many parts of the world. GSM differs from its predecessors in that both signalling and speech channels are digital, and thus is considered a second generation (2G) mobile phone system. This has also meant that data communication was easy to build into the system. call.

So you can probably see where this is going. The thieves break open the central unit of the camera, and remove the GSM SIM card. This allows them to ride though the red light on their motorcycle or car (which is a bad thing), and make free phone calls courtesy of the city of Johannesburg.

Obviously the city isn't too pleased, since it costs $3,000 to repair each camera. According to earlier reports, thieves were also removing the poles from the red light cameras, and selling them as scrap metal.

As I said, sad, but funny.

Via: Joburg >> Gizmodo



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