For our Towers of Power final (Dorothy and Jasmine) we are working on a project called BREAK THE ICE.
BREAK THE ICE is intended to protect undocumented citizens from ICE raids, with the ultimate goal of keeping families together. In the political climate that we are living in right now, ICE raids are increasing in numbers and it’s imperative that we counter the actions in order to protect civil liberties. This project will be a great tool for activists working especially for this cause. We will be able to give them the data from the radio scans, enabling them to disseminate and ICE activity that is about to take place. We have a list of activist groups that will mostly benefit from this, including Cosecha, ICE- Free NY, New Sanctuary Movement, Juntos, and ACLU. We also want to collect data on raid activity for further
We will detect ICE raids through signal activity, meta data and speech detection using radio frequency scans. The chain of a events will start with the software that detects the signals, and then it will be demodulated by a Raspberry Pie. The data will then be passed onto a server, which will then trigger Twilio, sending a message to the users of the app. The signal we are demodulating will be P25 signal, which is usually in the 163.00000 frequency level.
This is the chain of events for our app.
This is what it looks like when we get the signal on gqrx. The signal is stronger in the morning, which is a great indicator of when the raids usually happen.
Our financial plan consists of selling the Properly equipped Raspberry Pies that pick up the signal, to activists.
Also, we are counting on donations from various activist groups.