South Africa Based RECOVERI, The Anti Theft Deterrent Technology Company Forays Into India with – MICRODOT
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 form of vehicle marking and theft deterrent.
Philip Opperman, CEO, Recoveri
MicroDot technology is an interesting 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 established.
“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, 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 the 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 Mr Opperman, himself an ex-policeman and detective.
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 manufacturer’s in the country as the Indian government, through it’s 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 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.