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Re: [infoguys-list] RE: Cellular Telephone PINGING and SUBS Revisited

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  • suesarkis@aol.com
    1984 !!!!!????!!!!???? In a message dated 9/6/2010 9:48:54 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, cwsellers@tsigusa.com writes: Colleagues, by standers and listeners in,
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 6, 2010
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      In a message dated 9/6/2010 9:48:54 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
      cwsellers@... writes:




      Colleagues, by standers and listeners in,

      For your edification and information;

      A cell phone "ping" is quite simply the process of determining the
      location,
      with reasonable accuracy, of a cell phone at any given point in time by
      utilizing the phone GPS location aware capabilities. To "ping" in this
      context means to send a signal to a particular cell phone and have it
      respond with the requested data. The term is derived from SONAR and
      echolocation when a technician would send out a sound wave, or ping, and
      wait for its return to locate another object.

      New generation cell phones and mobile service providers are required by
      federal mandate to be or become GPS capable so that 911 operators will be
      able to determine the location of a caller who is making an emergency phone
      call. Some commercial companies have indicated that they have either
      developed sources within mobile telephone service providers to be able to
      get this information upon request or have access to the software interfaces
      to accomplish this on their own (or some variant thereof).

      When a new digital cell phone is pinged, it determines its latitude and
      longitude via GPS and sends these coordinates back via the SMS system (the
      same system used to send text messages). This means that in instances where
      a fugitive or other missing person has a GPS enabled cell phone (and that
      it
      has power when being polled, or pinged) that the cell phone can be located
      within a reasonable geographic area- some say within several feet of the
      cell phone.

      Other additional information on the issue;

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      will include this article since cell phone pings have always been something
      of an urban legend among the private investigation and bail enforcement
      communities. However, I do know for certain that it is absolutely possible
      and that many fugitives and abducted children have been recovered through
      the use of cell phone pinging by various State and Federal law enforcement
      agencies. Do you remember when President Bush went to the Middle East on a
      surprise visit to the troops not too long ago? The media made a big deal
      about the fact that the Secret Service made everyone onboard Air Force One,
      including the President, take the battery out of their cell phones so that
      the "real bad guys" didn't know of their location. Voila! (Cell phone
      pinging has gotten someone's attention.) I was convinced to include the
      article because a trusted peer indicated that he too had luck with a locate
      at one time and anyone interested in locating another person may at least
      have the need to understand the technology and the process of locating
      cellular phones.

      There are two ways a cellular network provider can locate a phone connected
      to their network, either through pinging or triangulation. Pinging is a
      digital process and triangulation is an analog process.

      A cell phone "ping" is quite simply the process of determining the
      location,
      with reasonable accuracy, of a cell phone at any given point in time by
      utilizing the phone GPS location aware capabilities. To "ping" in this
      context means to send a signal to a particular cell phone and have it
      respond with the requested data. The term is derived from SONAR and
      echolocation when a technician would send out a sound wave, or ping, and
      wait for its return to locate another object. New generation cell phones
      and
      mobile service providers are required by federal mandate, via the "E-911"
      program, to be or become GPS capable so that 911 operators will be able to
      determine the location of a caller who is making an emergency phone call.
      When a new digital cell phone is pinged, it determines its latitude and
      longitude via GPS and sends these coordinates back via the SMS system (the
      same system used to send text messages). This means that in instances where
      a fugitive or other missing person has a GPS enabled cell phone (and that
      the phone has power when being polled, or pinged) that the cell phone can
      be
      located within a reasonable geographic area- some say within several feet
      of
      the cell phone.

      With the older style analog cellular phones and digital mobile phones that
      are not GPS capable the cellular network provider can determine where the
      phone is to within a hundred feet or so using "triangulation" because at
      any
      one time, the phone is usually able to communicate with more than one of
      the
      aerial arrays provided by the phone network. The cell towers are typically
      6
      to 12 miles apart (less in cities) and a phone is usually within range of
      at
      least three of them. By comparing the signal strength and time lag for the
      phone's carrier signal to reach at each tower, the network provider can
      triangulate the phone's approximate position.

      Similar technology is used to track down lost aircraft and yachts through
      their radio beacons. It's not identical because most radio beacons use
      satellites and older cell phones use land-based aerial arrays but the
      principle is the same.

      Not surprisingly, the phone network companies are shy about admitting they
      have this ability. The triangulation and pinging capability of mobile phone
      network companies varies according to the age of their equipment. A few can
      only do it manually with a big drain on skilled manpower. But these days
      most companies can generate the information automatically, which makes it
      cheap enough to sell.

      Some nefarious service providers have indicated that they have either
      developed sources within mobile telephone service providers to be able to
      get this information upon request or have access to the software interfaces
      to accomplish this on their own (or some variant thereof). I highly
      suspect
      that these "cell phone ping service providers" I see advertising from time
      to time are actually using a good ol' fashioned pretext to obtain the
      location of a cell phone rather than using an actual ping. If you do come
      across a real provider, please let me know.

      There you have it- the short course regarding the technical capability of
      locating cell phones and those who possess them either through pinging or
      triangulation. Again, I cannot speak to the commercial availability of such
      a service but like anything else in the investigative business; for now I
      believe that mobile-phone pinging is largely urban myth among private
      investigators, fugitive recovery investigators and skip tracers.

      This should clear things up and put the myth to sleep,

      C. W. Sellers
      Owner/Manager of Investigations

      The Sellers Investigative Group

      "Truth Revealed by Professionals"

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