Vehicle tracking system by end of this year: DMT

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The Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID), radio frequencies used to automatically identify and track motor vehicles would be implemented by the end of this year, Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) Commissioner General A.H..K. Jagath Chandrasiri said. 

Under the new system, the police would be able to identify vehicles without stopping them, he said. “The police can get information related to the vehicle to some extent to ease their inquires,” Mr. Chandrasiri said. 

Addressing the media, the Information and Communication Technology Commissioner of DMT Susantha F. Suraweera said the Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) was the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to the back of the windscreen of vehicles. 

“The tag can be read from up to several feet away and does not need to be within direct line-of-sight of the reader to be tracked. Each tag has a unique identification code which is connected with the database of the DMT,” he said. 

The RFID tags are embedded with a transmitter and a receiver. The RFID component on the tags has two parts: A microchip that stores and processes information, and an antenna to receive and transmit a signal. The tag contains the specific serial number for one specific vehicle. 

Tag reading equipment would be given to police stations and other relevant departments in the near future, Suraweera said. The system is already used in countries such as Malaysia, UAE, India, Singapore, the US and many European counties. 

Meanwhile, Commissioner Chandrasiri said installing the RFID sticker would help law enforcement in the country and help minimise scams and crimes using vehicles. 

“These stickers will be issued with new vehicle registrations and vehicle ownership transfers. Later it would be compulsory for all types of vehicles, following the instructions of the Government,” the Commissioner said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 10

  • ram Friday, 11 January 2019 08:23 AM

    Before introducing this expensive new technology,why the police can't take action on traffic law breaking drivers in visible by naked eyes.this new system to make money for certain ground in the govt. only.

    Jaliya Friday, 11 January 2019 08:33 AM

    " Under the new system the Police would be able to identify vehicles without stopping them, he said ". He is lacking the basic understanding of the system. The designed of the system is for rapid identification of a vehicle after its been stopped for a violation, without having to call the RMV to receive the vehicle data the police dept is able to read the Make, Model Year of MFG, Color, Engine Capacity and Vehicle ID number along with the assigned Plate ID to verify the authenticity of the vehicle. The reader device must be in direct line of sight to avoid receiving data from the other vehicles in the area, if not it will jamm up the reader with unwanted transmissions from the surrounding vehicles causing it to display garbage.

    Jaliya Friday, 11 January 2019 10:45 AM

    Whose bright idea is this ? The technology that would be not suited for a tropical climate ? And what more can we receive from these devices what we already have in the registration card in the vehicle ? Nanotechnology and hot sun are not the best of friends .... just place your mobile phone on the windscreen and drive around for about 18 months and see if you could use it again ? (Provided the battery is good) someone is attempt to make a quick buck in a foreign currency deprived economy.

    Lankan Friday, 11 January 2019 10:57 AM

    We want Police as well as politicians and their henchmen to wear a RFID so we can identify them from far and keep away from them. Most are corrupt so please spend our tax money on things that benefit us not you!

    lkboy Friday, 11 January 2019 11:57 AM

    Isn't this a breach of privacy?

    mango Friday, 11 January 2019 04:32 PM

    What a brave idea of theDMT, all the intelligent privacy how it works are given out, where any crook can work out and manuplate escape easily... info is given to study and be ready, what a foolish idea of the DMY.

    Malinda Friday, 11 January 2019 12:28 PM

    Damage tge RFID tag , police will be just sitting ducks. Good for the sticker printer. Who will most likely be access.

    Nimal Friday, 11 January 2019 02:18 PM

    Then, after the carbon tax the RFID Tax in the offing? Soon there will be special tax for tyres of vehicles also.

    Mushi Friday, 11 January 2019 02:50 PM

    This is going to be another failure wasting public money.

    shelly Friday, 11 January 2019 04:02 PM

    implement the junction box rule, if un abl e to get to the other side of a traffic light do not proceed. Made the road uses knowledgeable and have deciplined.

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