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Trapster: Get Warnings About Speed Traps on Your Cell Phone

Trapster: Get Warnings About Speed Traps and Red Light Cameras on Your Mobile Phone
Law breakers continue to take advantage of the social features of the Web 2.0 revolution. The latest tool in their arsenal is a mobile application called 'Trapster.' Trapster is not a reference to drug dealing or the slightly sad Marvell Comics Villain.

Trapster is about speed traps. Trapster lets drivers report the location of speed traps, red light cameras, and other locations where you're likely to get a ticket.

The service can use Wi-Fi or GPS to find your location and sends you audio alerts when you're approaching a ticket threat. Users report the locations of traps and are rated on their reliability. The system gives greater weight to those that are rated more reliably. Users can also customize the alerts they want, so that they only receive notice of red light cameras or the like. Information about red light cameras stays in Trapster's database indefinitely, but speed trap data is only kept for an hour, with the expectation that the officers will move on to a new location.

Trapster will work with many different mobile platforms, including Nokia's Symbian based handsets, Windows Mobile, and Blackberries. The service is available now, though the site was down when we tried to visit it.

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