New radio blows police cover
2 September 2004, AMSTERDAM — A hypermodern radio system designed to help the emergency services in the Netherlands better co-ordinate their operations will also allow criminals to keep tabs on the police, it was reported Thursday.
2 September 2004
AMSTERDAM — A hypermodern radio system designed to help the emergency services in the Netherlands better co-ordinate their operations will also allow criminals to keep tabs on the police, it was reported Thursday.
A commercially available scanner is all that is needed to pinpoint the location of police officers using the multi-billion euro C2000 communications system.
The scanner cannot eavesdrop on conversations, but it can detect bleeps given off by the C2000 radios within a radius of 1.5km.
As a result, criminals will be able to pinpoint the location of police offices in their vicinity.
The Interior Ministry has admitted there is little it can do to prevent criminals buying and using the scanners.
"The police involved in special operations will have to take into account that the radio can make them visible," ministry spokesman Frank Wassenaar told newspaper De Telegraaf.
Wassenaar suggested undercover offices to use the C2000 system to receive messages only as the radio only emits a signal when sending.
The C2000 system is designed to allow police officers, the fire services and ambulance personnel to communicate directly with each other. Currently, personnel can only talk to their own service.
The development of the C2000 is years overdue and significantly over budget. In addition, there have been complaints the system does not provide universal, uninterrupted coverage.
[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]
Subject: Dutch news