Nokia handy tracking phones

 

Even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the big note recall last night, there was an image of the a new Rs 2000 currency note floating within WhatsApp groups. But everyone thought it was a hoax. It wasn't. It was real. But there indeed was something about it that was a hoax and that little something was what people called "nano GPS". The picture of the new currency note was accompanied by a message saying that it will be have a nano GPS, a special technology, that will allow the Rs 2000 currency to be tracked by government. All of that was rubbish.

Now, we know that the Rs 2000 note is officially real. And no, it doesn't have the nano GPS, whatever that means. In fact, nothing like the nano GPS exists. There are various GPS chips -- all phones have them -- and several ways to pinpoint a location using satellites and other signals life Wi-Fi. But what the WhatsApp forwards talked of was utterly wrong and just plain nonsense. Here is what the forward said:

"The unique feature of the NGC is it doesn't need any power source. It only acts as a signal reflector. When a Satellite sends a signal requesting location the NGC reflects back the signal from the location, giving precise location coordinates, and the serial number of the currency back to the satellite, this way every NGC embedded currency can be easily tracked and located even if it is kept 120 meters below ground level. The NGC can't be tampered with or removed without damaging the currency note."

Nokia handy tracking phones

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Even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the big note recall last night, there was an image of the a new Rs 2000 currency note floating within WhatsApp groups. But everyone thought it was a hoax. It wasn't. It was real. But there indeed was something about it that was a hoax and that little something was what people called "nano GPS". The picture of the new currency note was accompanied by a message saying that it will be have a nano GPS, a special technology, that will allow the Rs 2000 currency to be tracked by government. All of that was rubbish.

Now, we know that the Rs 2000 note is officially real. And no, it doesn't have the nano GPS, whatever that means. In fact, nothing like the nano GPS exists. There are various GPS chips -- all phones have them -- and several ways to pinpoint a location using satellites and other signals life Wi-Fi. But what the WhatsApp forwards talked of was utterly wrong and just plain nonsense. Here is what the forward said:

"The unique feature of the NGC is it doesn't need any power source. It only acts as a signal reflector. When a Satellite sends a signal requesting location the NGC reflects back the signal from the location, giving precise location coordinates, and the serial number of the currency back to the satellite, this way every NGC embedded currency can be easily tracked and located even if it is kept 120 meters below ground level. The NGC can't be tampered with or removed without damaging the currency note."