I have had my phones lost or stolen in the past and wished for a way to track it. Worse is the fear that someone elsewhere would be using it. You might have faced a similar situation. Well, now it seems that things could soon change.
The Indian government will soon come up with a tool to find and trace the location of your lost or stolen mobile phones. And by soon, we mean next month, when the essential technology will be unveiled. An official statement from the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) validates the August launch date. The new technology is revealed to work even if the SIM card is removed or the unique code IMEI number is changed.
A DoT official told PTI –
“C-DoT is ready with the technology. The telecom department will approach the minister for its launch after the Parliament session. It should be launched in the next month, The pilot project (of CEIR) was carried out in Maharashtra,”
Well if you’re wondering, the ongoing Parliament session will continue till July 26.
The phone tracking project titled “Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR)” began in 2017 with the sole goal to curtail theft and the counterfeit cellphone business. Around Rs. 15 crores is allocated for the project implementation.
Beyond the victim, this would ease the work of law enforcement aka Police department.
So, how does it work?
CEIR will act as a central unit that connects the IMEI database of all mobile operators. For those of you don’t know, the IMEI is short for International Mobile Equipment Identity which is a unique numerical identity of every mobile device. Since each phone has its own unique IMEI, it becomes easy to differentiate each device from one another.
Now, if and when a complaint against a lost or stolen phone is lodged, the network operator will share that particular device’s IMEI as blacklisted to the central database. Thence, other operators will also ban it and the device will not work on any network, even if the SIM card is removed or changed.
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