|Electronice Vehicle Identification|
Within the UK, all vehicles are marked with a unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) allocated by the manufacturer and a Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM) allocated by the DVLA. The identification of the VIN requires close proximity to the vehicle, while the key identifier at a distance is the VRM, as displayed on the front and rear number plates of all vehicles.
The major problem at the moment however, is that an increasing amount of people are cloning vehicle ID’s illegally, by attaching unauthorised number plates to stolen or illegally used vehicles. The police are currently using Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and equipment to combat the problem, but it is still proving not to be the perfect solution.
The MotorTag Electronic Vehicle Identification solution was developed as a result of a request by the DVLA.
The DVLA initiated a trial to fit an Electronic Registration Tag (ERT) to number plates, which should potentially simplify the identification of individual vehicles, while it should also reduce the practice of vehicle cloning, effectively creating an Electronic Number Plate (ENP).
The DVLA based their ideal ENP solution on positively and accurately identifying a vehicle under the following conditions:
The RFID Centre was solely selected to provide the physical electronic number plates, the necessary reading equipment, a back office system and a system for logging and displaying the results of the tests, which was delivered to the DVLA.
The RFID Centre provided 4 distinctly different solutions, based on different RFID frequencies and standards. In addition, the solutions were packaged in both number plate and tax disc formats.
The system was trialled in conjunction with four police forces across the UK and turned out to be hugely successful. The DVLA project team was extremely satisfied with these results and composed a report to the Minister of State for Transport, Dr Stephen Ladyman, who is using the results to inform the parliamentary debate on the utilisation of technology in vehicle identification and enforcement.
A copy of the report can be viewed at: http://www.dvla.gov.uk/media/pdf/other/enp_report.pdf
The MotorTag EVI System offers a range of specific key features, dependant on the individual implementation.
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