Company Pushes for Expanded Use of 'Jamming' Device

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Trinity Noble is the Pennsylvania-based company that is trying to make a device available to the public that would limit cell phone use while driving.

Jeremy Chalmers from Philadelphia is the chief counsel for the company.

"What this device does is, it senses when your cell phone is trying to connect, and it 'chirps' across the spectrum, the RF frequency spectrum, the cell phone operates on and it basically shows that you have no signal," said Chalmers.

Section 333 of the Communications Act specifically prohibits the operation of jamming devices. Chalmers says, while these are jamming devices, they have a very specific target, that is, drivers.

"But again, it's not that this 'jammer' is going to be operating all of the time," said Chalmers. "It's very focused. It only prevents in the driver seat area. It's very directed jamming, so in theory, when we are actually able to get through full development, it's only going to affect the driver."

Chalmers and others from the company say they want to put this device into the market purely for safety reasons.

"Purchase this device, install it in the vehicle and say O.K. kid, I want you to have your cell phone with you for all of the safety reasons that are out there, but I also want to be able to limit this privilege," Chalmers said.

Currently, the FCC will not allow Trinity Noble to sell the product to the public. They can, however, sell it to federal agencies.


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  • by DBB Location: So. Minn. on May 6, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    Great Idea! I have been looking for a jammer with a limited range for a long time to put in my kid's car. When they get it fully developed I hope the law gets changed and they become standard equipment on new vehicles. That way they can be designed so they do not interfere with the vehicle's electronics and shut off when the vehicle shuts off. There is NO legitimate reason to be using a cell phone while driving. If you need to call 911 the unit could be designed to allow that or you can just shut off the car to make the call. If you get attacked suddenly there is no phone call that will bring instant help anyway to prevent the attack.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 03:10 PM
    well then you do this then all cars have to be equipped with breath units so none drink and drive.. remember the mo pars cant start the cars wit your seat belts...
  • by sue on May 4, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    Please, please, please let me test it in my drive thru. Best invention since the gosh awful cell phone became affordable.
  • by Stephen Location: Philadelphia on Apr 30, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    So how much are you going to make on each one of these devices? Jamming devices are illegal for a reason. They can be abused. I have Onstar..how's that going to work? You need to teach children responsibility...it's the same as drinking and driving..eh Mr. Chalmers.
  • by kathy Location: meridian on Apr 30, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    great idea, you should not be on the phone while driving...that is the only way you will ever stop people from talking/texting while driving...
  • by Sr on Apr 30, 2010 at 03:04 AM
    Does that happen to you often Jr.?
  • by jr on Apr 29, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    Worst idea for 2010. What if you have this device and someone is trying to force you to stop or run you off the road...
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