What Are Microdots
Microdots are transparent polyester discs of 1 millimetre in diameter. The discs are marked with lines of text which either contain the vehicle’s unique V.I.N (Vehicle Identification Number) or a uniquely assigned P.I.N. (Personalised Identity Number). Microdots are suspended in a water- based polyurethane adhesive which contains an ultra violet element.
Microdots – How They Work
10 000 microdots are applied to specified locations on a vehicle by means of our patented “Spray-on Technology” system. These locations include original manufacturer V.I.N. markings, body shell as well as key engine and suspension components. The number of fitment locations is dependent on the needs of the client as well as the type of vehicle.
Microdots are detected by exposing areas of the vehicle to ultra-violet lighting which will illuminate “contaminated” locations, allowing authorities to remove microdots and view the information it contains.
Because of the sheer number of microdots applied to the vehicle and the unique information reflected on them it becomes virtually impossible to completely rid a stolen vehicle or its tradable components of its original identity. When microdots are found by the SAPS or other law enforcement agency, it gives them a starting point in the audit trail. Normal SAPS investigation however still needs to be done.