Using cell phones to monitor Missouri traffic conditions

Mobile Pipeline posted an AP article about Missouri’s project to gather traffic data from cell phones:

The Missouri Department of Transportation is finalizing a contract to monitor thousands of cell phones, using their movements to map real-time traffic conditions statewide on all 5,500 miles of major roads.

Apparently, this is done using cell tower triangulation through a company called Delcan, probably harnessing the Cingular network.

Less impressive is a visit to Delcan’s web site, using the Safari browser, where I get a web page displaying the following message:

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Strange to see such lack of web savvy from a company producing a disruptive new technology.

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