Microdotting can be done through spraying or special brush applications on different parts of the vehicle. A cluster usually carries thousands of dots, each carrying a Unique Vehicular Information etched and mapped, like the engine number, registration number etc. The vehicle is sprayed at different parts to intensify security. The microdots appear invisible to naked eyes and illuminate under UV Light and magnify 60 times under special magnifying equipment.
Microdots ensure an asset is easily identifiable. Microdots are small and difficult to locate. Removing microdots means peeling off the paint altogether by knife or abrasive material and this means real damage to the vehicle. As the microdots are thousands in quantity and spread across the vehicle body, practically removing every microdot is impossible. One single microdot can easily lead to the vehicle’s original information. This makes theft a not so feasible option.
The information on microdots is available with Microdot Service providers in a secured database format and made available to Police, Insurance Companies, Finance Companies & Vehicle owners.
The microdots can be applied by mixing with suitable lacquer or adhesive suited to the surface on which it is applied and generally include spraying, ordinary brushing, screen printing, swabbing etc. For inline requirements, simple machine applicators to complex robots are considered.
To identify the location of application the lacquer or adhesive is mixed with optically luminescent inks that glow in UV / IR lights.
Generally, they are classified by several agencies, standard bodies as forensic or covert
Once the lacquer or adhesive has dried it is impossible to wash away or remove the microdots. In most cases, at least one microdot will be found and it is impossible to remove all the 1000s of dots applied
They survive more than 10 years, withstand aggressive elements and 3000 deg C heat. In one experiment in South Africa, a microdotted car was blown up and within 2 minutes and 45 meters away a sample of microdot coated metal was found with the microdot intact containing all the information printed on it.
This lead SA government to recognize them as an asset protection agent and mandate all vehicles to carry microdots as a prerequisite for vehicle registration or comprehensive insurance.
In an asset the place where microdotting was done is located with a UV / IP lamp.
Then through a 50x to 100x magnifying instrument the dots are examined and the details noted. The details on the dots are verified against the data contained in the database.