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SquawkBox Conference Call Sept 15: Trapster.com

Our guest today was Trapster.com‘s Pete Tenereillo, who I met last week at DEMO. Trapster is a social network for reporting speed traps. Integrating GPS, mobility, the web and social networks, it’s a pretty interesting use of technology to solve the age old problem of the speed trap. We caught up with Pete, and asked him about Trapster and some of his other projects, including Awarespot and JotYou.

Trapster operates as an application on a mobile handset or NAV device.  As users spot various kinds of police traps, they touch a simple key combination (#1, for example) to notify Trapster that a trap is present.  A location stamp is taken via the handset’s GPS, and the information is relayed to Trapster.  As other users come to the locations of known traps, Trapster informs them by sounds played on the mobile device.  The kinds of traps Trapster can warn users about are a temporary speed trap, speed camera, traffic light camera, and a known hiding place.

Officer with a laser speed gun

On the Calliflower Conference Call this morning: Pete Tenereillo, Robyn Tippins, Bill Volk, Tom Orr, Jim Courtney, Adam Somer, Jeb Brilliant, Ian Hood, Jonathan Jensen, and Sheryl Breuker.

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