Device to catch chain snatchers

MYSORE: Chain snatching has become an urban menace, putting the cops on their toes to catch the culprits. Distressed over this, a couple have come out with a smart electronic gadget to track d

Published: 21st April 2012 04:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 10:28 PM   |  A+A-

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B S Manusudhan displaying in the monitor how chips will be embedded in gold chains | S Udayshankar

MYSORE: Chain snatching has become an urban menace, putting the cops on their toes to catch the culprits. Distressed over this, a couple have come out with a smart electronic gadget to track down the culprits and know their whereabouts before catching them red-handed.

Titled ‘ATME Technology-Ultimate Real Time High Speed Tracker for Serious Convert Operation’, the device is invented by B S Manusudhan, Lecturer of ECE Department, along with his wife S Sowmyasudhan, Lecturer at CSE Department.  

How it Works

The chip - Micro Electronic Mechanical Switch (MEMS) - with a customised real time GPS tracker, will be embedded in gold chains and ornaments. A mobile number will be assigned to the tracker. The biasing voltage required for operating the chip is generated by the body temperate of the person wearing the ornament. When a chain is forcibly snatched, the weakest link disconnects and the chip transmits an emergency high priority signal to the nearest mobile tower and the nearest police station.

The police need a computer to monitor the incoming signal, and to track the coordinates of the chain snatchers. As the GPS Tracker keeps sending the message for every five seconds, the culprits are tracked in real time. Even if the culprits take it to a goldsmith to melt ornaments, the exact last location can still be known.

Naming the processor as ‘ATME - P2011,’ the couple have applied for a patent. The approximate cost of this tracker is around `1200.

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