Delhi govt looks at microdot technology to curb vehicle theft

The unique ID of microdots are linked with the registration number of the vehicles which makes it easier to trace them.

delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2018 01:30 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Car theft,Microdot technology,Anti-theft measure
Nearly 125 vehicles in Delhi are reported stolen in Delhi on an average everyday. (HT FILE PHOTO)

The Delhi government’s home department is looking at a ‘microdot technology’ to curb incidents of motor vehicle thefts in the city, an official said.

In a meeting last month, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal had instructed authorities to explore the provision of making installation of various safety devices like anti-vehicle theft equipment a “mandatory condition” for registration of vehicles in the national capital.

The official said the Delhi government is looking at various technologies to curb motor vehicle thefts, one among them is the ‘microdot technology’. Microdots are nano size particles in unique shapes having a covert marking and unique numbers, the official said.

The use of marking vehicles with microdots is called Whole of Vehicle Marking (WoVM) and the technology is being used world over to prevent and reduce motor vehicle thefts, the official added.

“Under the WoVM, thousands of metal microdots having unique IDs are marked on vehicles. The unique ID of microdots are linked with the registration number of the vehicles,” he said.

Since each part of the vehicle is linked to the registration number of the vehicle, even if the vehicle is dismantled, it can be traced back to its owner, he added.

The technology is being used in countries like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Taiwan, Canada, the US and the European Union (EU), among others.

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 01:30 IST