All existing safeguards
insuring and preserving "Individual Privacy" will be preserved.
LE will not have direct access to any GPS signatures and LE access
must be authorized.
The 7 manufacturers
(and likely the 15+ aftermarket sources) of GPS equipment DO NOT want to
individually maintain LE call
centers for theft support. They may gladly pay RAID
a fee to assume "active" LE GPS tracking support for the hundreds of
thousands of "functional" navigation options on their vehicles.
They could promote additional sales.
The potential for a swift, successful RAID launch would lie with
assuming theft support activities for one or more vehicle
manufacturers which already have a database of active GPS
signatures. Ideally, the RAID contact portal should directly
link to manufacturers' databases, but agreed upon expedited
manual procedures may suffice initially.
If manufacturers will not initially support a RAID launch, conduct
test area promotional broadcasts offering free theft monitoring for
a year or pay a small fee to vehicle owners who permit their
vehicle's GPS signature to be RAID monitored. This may tie
into an ongoing ability for the owner to actively monitor their
vehicle GPS via a cell phone app.
Work jointly with the 7 manufacturers to either allow RAID to offer
theft monitoring to the thousands, if not millions, of GPS equipped
vehicles not subscribing to the navigation option, or define a fee based RAID
monitoring for the manufacturers to offer a theft monitoring option,
which may lead to navigation re-enrollments for the manufacturer.
Approach the 10 metropolitan areas having vehicle thefts ranging
from 2,500 to 29,000 per year and promote adding a "GPS equipped"
indicator to the license number listing in each vehicle registration
database. Determine whether the GPS signature will be stored
by RAID or the motor vehicle database and define RAID search
procedures upon a theft. A small annual fee might be added to each
vehicle registration cost to fund RAID.