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Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby CDranzer » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:34 am #547088

Device as I picture it:
Handheld device, same size as any kind of analyzer, comes out of Security Lockers/Protolathes/Vendors
Walk up to a person, use scanner on them, and after, say, three seconds of both parties holding still, you get a window showing their entire inventory contents - Clothing, pockets, bags, boxes, containers within containers and their contents, etc - a full tree.

Why:
Random searches are supposed to be a thing, but they're currently a miserable experience for all parties involved - It's a slow and tedious process, you can't do it in a public area without risk of theft, and it's so disruptive to the recipient that if you do it with any kind of frequency you're likely to earn the ire of the crew. To this end, provide security with an actual tool to do it quick and dirty on the field.

Additional thoughts:
What happens when a player messes with their inventory mid-scan? Maybe you could have the scan happen at the last moment and if the player just drops a box at the last second and immediately picks it up hopefully that'll be seen as suspicious enough? Can random bags be scanned? Upgraded versions with longer range and shorter scan time? Do chameleon clothes fool the scanner? Some kind of item that you can buy that disguises the contents of a bag? Maybe some easily-built civilian device that prevents the scanner from reading the contents of a bag, enough to be suspicious but not enough to clearly mark you as a perpetrator? Interaction with storage implants?



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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby Cobby » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:27 am #547098

random searching is powergame trash unless you HAVE to do it in reaction to a situation (in which case it is no longer random).

That said I don't mind something that allows for quicker searching but less extensive so people can slip by with more covert items.
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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby NoxVS » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:03 am #547112

random searches arent a thing because they take too long and are tedious to do properly without pissing the other guy off

if you remove those problems theres nothing stopping mass random searches. if you dont agree with it and resist its pretty clear you have something to hide and you get dunked

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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby Screemonster » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:53 am #547115

NoxVS wrote:random searches arent a thing because they take too long and are tedious to do properly without pissing the other guy off

if you remove those problems theres nothing stopping mass random searches. if you dont agree with it and resist its pretty clear you have something to hide and you get dunked

pretty much this
if searches aren't a pain in the ass with a legitimate reason for an innocent person to refuse one, be it the time taken or the non-zero chance that some shithead assistant will steal your shit as they run by, suddenly failing to submit to a scan becomes a suspicious act

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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby Fikou » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:06 pm #547706

me goes up to random people in hopline
me uses scanner
oops i see you have a cult dagger in your box in your backpack buddy to brig we go
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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby SkeletalElite » Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:05 pm #547746

I think a better idea would be a way too look in someones bags/other storage stuff without taking it off them. Would require the same do after time as plain stripping them but allows you to search people without risking stuff being stolen.

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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby Jack7D1 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:09 pm #547747

Perhaps we need to look at this from a different angle.
What if the scanner required some kind of smarts by the sec officer to use? Similarly to cobbychems
(good move btw)
Give them the upside if being fast, easy, and nonintrusive.
However the downside of carrying health risks/being hard to use effectively/taking a long time.
Sec guy can't just scan the whole hopline if it takes a minute for one person, or irradiates both them and you.
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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby XDTM » Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:01 pm #547795

SkeletalElite wrote:I think a better idea would be a way too look in someones bags/other storage stuff without taking it off them. Would require the same do after time as plain stripping them but allows you to search people without risking stuff being stolen.


This seems like the best idea tbh, i'll try to code it within the week if storage code allows for this
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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby Screemonster » Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:54 pm #547839

SkeletalElite wrote:I think a better idea would be a way too look in someones bags/other storage stuff without taking it off them. Would require the same do after time as plain stripping them but allows you to search people without risking stuff being stolen.

again, the risk of your shit being stolen gives someone a good reason to want to refuse without the officer being able to instantly go "they refused a search, that's SUSPICIOUS, CHASE THEM DOWN AND SEARCH THEM BY FORCE"

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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby Jack7D1 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:57 pm #547844

Random searches are not allowed on blue alert. Searches are allowed only with probable cause. On red alert it's free game. Green alert random searches are not allowed.
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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby Farquaar » Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:38 pm #547880

SkeletalElite wrote:I think a better idea would be a way too look in someones bags/other storage stuff without taking it off them. Would require the same do after time as plain stripping them but allows you to search people without risking stuff being stolen.

I think this would be a good mid-late game tech.

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Re: Portable Contraband Scanner

Postby oranges » Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:22 am #548745

Do your job, searching shouldn't be as easy as that.


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