GPS Sex Offender Tracking System Shut Down Because of Data Overload
BI Incorporated, the Colorado-based company that runs the system, says it's substantially increased the storage threshold for the database, and that employees will now receive warnings whenever the system approaches its new limit of more than a trillion records. "People in our development group knew there was a threshold," BI spokesman Jock Waldo tells the AP. "They've never in their careers ... seen a system hit such a database threshold. It speaks of the enormity of the data we collect."
Government authorities, meanwhile, claim that the offenders were never aware of the outage, which affected GPS tracking devices, home monitoring systems, and even at-home breathalyzers used to enforce parole. Harmless as the incident may be, though, officials at BI acknowledge that their company should've prevented it. "In retrospect, we should have been able to catch this," Waldo said.