What are DataDots?
DataDots are tiny polyester particles that are laser inscribed with unique information. Each microdot is no larger than 1mm in diameter. 10 000 of these Microdots are applied to motor vehicles using a special adhesive.
The information etched onto the Microdots relates exclusively to the identity of the applied vehicle. The water-based adhesive used has UV additives providing easy identification of sprayed areas. The microdots are sprayed onto defined areas of on average 80 points within the vehicle, making it difficult for would-be thieves to alter the car’s identity.
The sheer number of dots, both in overt (30%) and covert (70%) locations, effectively provides the vehicle with its own DNA. The dots are only legible under a low-powered microscope or by using a special UV light making it difficult to determine exactly where they have been placed.
How do DataDots work?
The tiny DataDots act like DNA for a vehicle and gives the vehicle a unique identity that is almost impossible for thieves to alter. Most vehicle exterior components are sprayed with the DataDots, as well as major components such as the engine and gearbox.
Improved identification of vehicles and its parts have many benefits. It makes actions such as registration fraud, substitution of identity (re-birthing), chopping of parts and fraudulent warranty claims more difficult. These are just some of the major challenges facing investigators and police. When a single dot is found, the vehicle’s identity can be determined and will ensure prosecution if found in the hands of criminals. This makes microdotted vehicles unappealing to criminals. By reducing the attractiveness of the vehicle to thieves it benefits owners, insurers, police services, prosecuting authorities and our country.