SevStar, a Sevastopol-based Internet provider, has launched an online service enabling anyone to inquire about availability of electricity and heating in Sevastopol’s houses. Being highly accurate, the system is capable of showing which electrical appliances are plugged in in any of the city’s houses.
According to a SevStar employee, information on power availability, which gets constantly updated in real time, is only provided in the area served by the provider.
While being happy for the residents of Crimea, QHA cannot help asking several questions, such as: How can one use the service during a power outage (because the service is primarily designed to assist people suffering from power outages)? Will there be more services like this, such as those tracking bread and water lines? And will the tracking services be eventually used as a full-fledged surveillance tool?