Dotted assets untouchable
Sibangani Dube - April 2012
The world of criminals thriving on stealing and reselling valuable assets will soon come crumbling down as DataDot Namibia ups the ante in combating crime, thanks to technological development and research.
DataDot is a technology, which makes use of tiny polyester or metal discs that are almost invisible to the naked eye. They are applied to any asset that attracts criminals. Each disc or datadot is laser-etched with a unique pin code, which links an asset to the owner. Once these dots have been applied, it makes it easier to trace the origin of the asset(s) to the rightful owner(s) by NamPol.
“You can apply it on any type of asset, which attract criminals like computers, cameras, solar panels, television sets, hi-fi tools and equipment as well as on vehicles. However, fitting datadots on vehicle is done by certified fitters in a specialised environment.
“Each dot has a unique pin code written on it and it is only the law enforcement who can read it using a special hand-held device meant for that”, explained Hashikutuva, who is the sole licence holder through his company; Keystone Technology Solutions and the only one with permission to trade and distribute this technology.
Joram; an entrepreneur at heart is optimistic that this technology will bring theft of valuable assets to a standstill as criminals will find it hard to sell their stolen goods.
“We are closing the market for stolen goods as community members will be compelled to verify assets before making any transactions”, he quipped.
In simple terms, the technology links the asset to the owner and this is how; a client will purchase the kit(s), which they will apply on the strategic areas of their assets using a special adhesive. Once applied, these dots are invisible to the naked eye. Resultantly, DataDot will enter all the details about the client including the name, telephone number and the unique pin code.
The unique code automatically becomes a source of reference when assets are found in the wrong hands as police will confirm with DataDot who the rightful owner is.
“This is not a secret technology and we want criminals to know about it. Every dotted house or office will have a label warning the would-be criminals that the items have been dotted and thus making stealing useless as the assets will be traced back to their owners; unless the thieves convert the stolen assets into personal,” h...
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