by Jennifer R
The article talks about how the major companies that provide wireless services are making a joint effort to produce a database that keeps track of stolen cellphones. As technology helps to improve cellphones, it also increases the value of and demand for smartphones on the market. According to the article, the Metropolitan Police Department say “in Washington, D.C., cellphone-related robberies jumped 54% from 2007 to 2011”. The providers will come out with their own databases before merging them into a single national database. The article lists some important issues that need to be addressed in designing the database, starting with how to deal with the different technologies the providers use. It also talks about the way some phones are currently identified, such as the SIM card for AT&T & T-mobile phones, can make them more attractive to thieves. There are stolen cellphone databases currently in use in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Australia.