Robocall Filtering System and Device with Autonomous Blacklisting, Whitelisting, GrayListing and Caller ID spoof detection

Best Overall Solution

Robocall filtering system and device which autonomously compiles whitelisted, blacklisted and graylisted numbers databases. These databases are then used for appropriate call processing. The filter system and device is able to detect caller ID spoofing by the caller.


over 1 year ago

How would you detect caller ID spoofing if the Telco company can't event tell if your spoofing?

If Telco companies could detect caller ID spoofing, this challenge wouldn't be available.

about 1 year ago

Where are the technical details? Where can we find the details, are they posted somewhere?

about 1 year ago

What in the heck is this? Four images done in paint shop pro? Where is the actual solution? Where is the write up? How incompetent is the administration of this program if the public who is paying for it can't even see what was submitted? This is NOT OK.

about 1 year ago

Please read the FAQ or Official Rules. The technical proposals are only viewable by the FTC, ChallengePost, and the judges.

about 1 year ago

Both the method of and criterion for caller ID listing are omitted. Further, detection of caller ID spoofing is technically impossible.

This submission lacks any details making it unique or even thought-out at all.

about 1 year ago

If any phone number can be spoofed, how does this solution detect calls made with numbers from the white list?

More clarification of this solution would be helpful, as detecting spoofed calls based *only* on the phone number belonging to the white/black/grey lists does not seem reliable, especially if those numbers can be spoofed, lists hacked, or legitimate callers being falsely categorized.

about 1 year ago

This is a joke. The judges of this challenge apparently have no knowledge of how system works and what technologies are already available.

about 1 year ago

This "filter device" solution already exists as the Digitone Call Blocker, an FTC Challenge submission that was overlooked. The top winner is using a phone company feature that will cost extra money for every customer per month and, not all phone companies offer "Conditional Call Forwarding" including Comcast officially.

Looks like the consumer still loses in the end as the cost to maintain the databases at the FTC and compulsion to integrate that service into "Comcasts" that don't have the service will just escalate to even higher costs for the consumer.

Watch the Nomorobo video at their website and see how Aunt Betty who can't find her glasses to dial 71 in time to prevent being blocked when she gets the message. They don't offer a recourse solution for her. Looks like you will need a whole call center to handle the mistakes. More escalation. And what about emergencies to get through? ........

Can the governmental agency FTC force private phone companies to install Conditional Call Forwarding and at their expense?

This challenge is still unresolved.

about 1 year ago

My submission was that this technology already exists and works very well.......if these winners designs take too long to implement go back to my system. also, most of my robocalls come from Google Voice and have seen a lot of computer generated calls that come from nine digit numbers like this one yesterday: 410-000-008

about 1 year ago



about 1 year ago

Mike K, you are right that this technology already exists and therefore this winning solution doesn't qualify as an entry per the FTC Challenge rules.

about 1 year ago

Both winning entries show an ignorance by the judges of what is possible with the existing telephone system.

about 1 year ago

The ONLY way ANY solution will work is if phone companies have a way to positively identify the source of a call - tie a phone call to the source placing it. If they CAN do this and are not doing it - shame on them! If they "can't" presently do it, then they should find a way to stop ALL computer-generated calls - they are ALL discourteous, disrespectful, and an invasion of one's home. If someone wants to talk to someone else, they should have to place a normal call from one person to another (even - yes - (gasp) politicians and cash-solicitors)!!!

One way to locate the culprits is to track the phone number (which they generally provide in the recording) that they are trying to get you to call and prosecute beginning at that end.

We PAY for our telephones for OUR own convenience; we do NOT pay for our telephones to INconvenience us or to provide a free advertising or cash-gathering venue for others. It's an outrage.

It's an exercise in futility to try to stop computer-generated calls unless there is a way to identify whether a call is coming from a computer or not. THIS is where efforts should be directed - this and prosecuting robocallers when found.

I'm wondering if the failure to identify computer-generated calls is tied to trying to exempt specific classes (i.e. political, charitable, etc.). NO class should be exempt from the arrogant rudeness of calling someone to their telephone to play them a recording - they should ALL have to call person to person.

A temporary partial solution would be to give USERS a way to immediately disconnect and simultaneously automatically REPORT the robocaller, followed by prosecution. If the reported calls are returned to the phone company that allowed the call to go through to your number, they may be more motivated to find a solution.

about 1 year ago

I should have taken a photo of my POWER METER and submitted that, rather than spending hrs on a Visio diagram of a functional solution.

Probably had a better chance anyway. LoL

about 1 year ago

For those of you who are unhappy with the outcome please give my entry a look:

This contest was rather biased from the beginning (i.e. "legal" robocalls) but there are true solutions to the problem.


about 1 year ago

Winning Solutions:
Can't be explained
not practical
not ready to use and probably won't be

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about 1 year ago

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about 1 year ago

I would like to see the evaluation of these solutions to the requirements listed. In each of the winners I don't see technical coverage for all the requirements.

about 1 year ago

I have learned from the "Challenge" that;

1) The FTC is not endorsing any of the winning technologies. Huh?

2) Hopes the contest will lead to private industry embracing these new ideas. So this takes the FTC off the hook?

3) The whole thing was a PR campaign? or, a platform for private industry to take over?

April Fools day was yesterday.

about 1 year ago

The computer systems that call out are extremely advanced (it is a multi-million dollar business and so therefore have both highly advanced equipment highly trained people) and can change the numbers they are "calling from" every time they dial out. This is how most programs get out of being black listed. Does this solution mitigate this problem? Doesn't seem like it.

about 1 year ago

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about 1 year ago

Regrettably, the winning submissions are built on and are disclosed after the patentable submissions made by others. Should I file a provisional patent application to protect my rights, this may be a problem for your winners. Late entries clearly copy and build on the ideas of earlier entries. I hope this doesn't cause a problem for you or the "winners".

about 1 year ago

Some day we may be able to buy one of these things. In the meantime if everyone just presses "1" we won't need one.

about 1 year ago

Now that I own my phones, I should get to control who calls me, in the same way that I have the right to control who gets into my house, or who trespasses on my land. My house is on a public street, but that doesn't give some stranger the right to park their car in my driveway. Why can't my phone be protected from unsolicited calls, no matter what the source?
Any phone call, even one from someone we want to talk to, is an interruption. I reject the notion that my phone is fair game for any company or organization that wants to call me if I have not given them explicit permission to do so.
Every company or organization, including political and charitable ones, should be required to include some kind of identifying sequence in the call header. This would be added to calls by the phone company for customers who are businesses, political parties, charities or anyone else making unsolicited calls. Such a sequence would allow manufacturers to create phones that would sense that header sequence, and prevent the call from ever reaching my phone (if I have configured my phone to reject such unsolicited calls). Calls from individuals would not have such header sequences, and could be handled by the recipient appropriately.
HOWEVER, the FTC should work with the FCC to require that every phone call made in or to the US be correctly identified with caller ID information, instead of the "Out of area" or "unidentified caller" messages I see on my phone's caller ID display. There is NO EXCUSE for my phone to receive calls that I cannot screen because I cannot tell who is calling. NO EXCUSE!!!!!

about 1 year ago

Well here's a free solution. Create a Caller-ID unit with a programmable user list. The Caller-ID unit receives the incoming CID. If the CID does not match any numbers that the user has programmed into the list, the Caller-ID unit will not output the call to the phone. A system log could record all activity. This is a stand-alone unit between the home landline phone and the jack. For cell phones, a similar software interface could be designed, similar to grouping contacts. Perhaps an app for cell phones. This won't be good to put on business phones. Too late for the contest, but I'd give it away free to help stop nuisance phone calls.

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