South Africa based Recoveri,
manufacturer and exporter of technologically superior micro tag identification
and trace solutions for vehicles and other movable domestic and corporate
assets worldwide is entering India with its Microdot technology , a highly
effective form of vehicle marking and powerful theft deterrent.
MicroDot technology is a very
effective form of Whole of Vehicle Marking. It involves spraying thousands of
the small dots laser etched with a PIN (Personal Identification Number) number,
linked to the Vehicle VIN Number, are sprayed throughout the vehicle. As the
polymer dots are 1mm by 1mm it is impossible to locate and remove them all, so
no matter how well it’s disguised, the car’s true identity can always be
“The technology is already used across the world
as a way of identifying car engines and components. The microdot etched with a
PIN number and other identification details, are printed onto a microdot, which
is then attached to the engine or component. Microdots contain an ultraviolet
tracing agent that fluoresces under an ultraviolet or black light, allowing
dots to be easily read with a magnifier, but are difficult to detect with the
naked eye If the vehicle is stolen, the authorities can trace it quickly and
effectively just by reading the information on the almost invisible dot without
the need to resort to shining black lights or using complicated technological
trickery. All they do need is a simple handheld UV Light and microscope, ” said
Philip Opperman, CEO, Recoveri, the leading South African MicroDot solution
company while launching the product in India.
“Once an asset is microdotted,
the unique DNA is enacted, proving undisputed ownership. Each tag is linked to
the Recoveri International database. The dots enable police to find missing vehicles
and to identify parts that have been mixed and matched in a “chop shop”. All
Recoveri micro dotted assets are logged
onto a database and this information is used to track the rightful owner of an
asset. With introduction of this technology car hijackers and thieves are in
for hard times in future as Microdots are virtually impossible to remove which
makes them one of the best vehicle security measures. Recoveri microdots can
also be used on other assets also including laptops, mobiles, luggage, jewellery
and expensive household items; the list is endless. They also help in making
counterfeiting impossible” said Opperman, himself an ex-policeman and
“The dots are also
non-invasive and, of course, pretty near invisible. The unique code they contain
is linked to the vehicle and is stored on a secure database to which the
security services alone have access. Police and other law enforcement agencies
world-wide love microdots because the physical technology is low-tech (all you
need is a microscope) and the dots themselves are as invisible as it is almost
impossible to detect without a investigative kit. What's more, once the dot has
been read on the stolen or lost goods, tracing the owner is as simple as
reading a database,” he added.
In essence, “Recoveri Dot is
used to discretely label assets in such a way as to be able to identify and
trace ownership. The micro tags are mixed into a solution that is detectable
under UV black light. With up to 15,000 coded micro tags deployed across both
covert and overt areas of an asset, Recoveri provides a level of identification
that makes theft and the resale of stolen property unviable to criminals and
syndicates. The tags are impossible to remove without damaging the item, making
resale difficult.” he added
“Recoveri plans to set up
authorised microdot fitment centres across India and they also come in small
kits. Recoveri is also in talks with several car manufacturers in the country
as the Indian government, through its highest automobile technical standard
making body ‘Central motor Vehicle Rules
-Technical Standard Committee (CMVR-TSC) set up by Ministry of Road Transport
and Highways (MoRTH) has already framed
the standards for auto industry to use microdots
As per various reports
annually about 2.14 lakh vehicles are stolen across the India with Delhi
topping the list at 38,644 in 2016, which translates to over 100 vehicles
daily, followed by UP (34,480) and Maharashtra (22,435). According to the
latest Delhi Police report, during the year 2017 about 41,000 vehicles were
stolen while the rate of recovery was around 30 vehicles a month.
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