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Breaking Bad is one of the most popular television shows in history. The megahit features actor Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who finds out he is dying of cancer and turns to making meth as a way to provide for his family. As the series progresses, Walter goes from a confused and nervous chemistry teacher doing something illegal to a violent and ruthless drug kingpin using the alias, “Heisenberg.” As the series comes to a close in a few days, the big topic is: How will it all end?

Think of everything that has happened and the number of people that have fallen because of Walter. What about the person on the right side of the law, Hank, his DEA brother-in-law who has been unfortunately outwitted throughout the series? Breaking Bad takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city that has used PublicEye®. This got us here at Zco thinking, what if Hank and the rest of the Albuquerque task force were armed with PublicEye throughout the course of the show?

PublicEye is a smartphone app designed for everyone in public safety. From the governor, mayor, police and fire chiefs to first responders and volunteers, everyone can see information from multiple data sources right from their smartphone. This includes federal, state & agency databases, disaster monitoring systems, computer aided dispatch (CAD) data and even social media feeds like Twitter.

 

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Early on, Walt and the gang go to great lengths to obtain massive amounts of chemicals required for their meth. If the locations of these of chemicals or hazards were being mapped out, this would also narrow down search areas. Using smartphone GPS, each PublicEye user can see the location of every other officer. Police could have swept these regions while knowing exact location of their team, providing a quick and thorough investigation of the patrol area. After all, Walt only slips away by sheer luck on several occasions. This year, the Albuquerque Police Department was able to round up 548 people with outstanding warrants through PublicEye.

Walter starts recruiting dealers to move his product on the streets of Albuquerque. During the middle of the series, operations escalate from more than petty engagements. The DEA in the area start to realize the rough locations of where everything is being pushed and the players, but they don’t have a way to map it out in real time.

 

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Although Walt manages to make himself untraceable by distancing himself from the actual dealing, the DEA is able to determine suspicious locations and compile names and addresses. When this information is put into PublicEye, these locations are highlighted right on a real-time map. Albuquerque’s finest could cross-reference these key points to help narrow down critical players in the operation.

With Albuquerque’s finest mobilizing their task force and using PublicEye, Gustavo Fring, a prominent southwestern meth dealer might have been caught long before Walt met him. Without diving into the realms of spoilers, this certainly would have saved the lives of many in the Breaking Bad world. PublicEye is an effective enough application that not even the talented criminal lawyer Saul Goodman would have been able to save Walt or the rest of his crew. To learn more about how many police departments are already benefiting, visit our homepage: http://www.publiceyes.com.


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