Friday, February 25, 2011

Now Lock your vehicle using a Password

Have you spent sleepless nights worried about the safety of your vehicle? Well, now you can be at ease. G Sankar Narayana, a technician in the Indian army and currently attached to the Queen Mary's Technical Institute (QMTI) at Khadki, has developed a security solution to prevent vehicle thefts.
The kit, developed by Narayana, has the facility to unlock and start the vehicle by entering a password which can prevent vehicle theft. The kit priced at Rs 270 has been developed using parts available in the local market. According to the police, on an average 3,000 cases of vehicle thefts are registered every year in Pune, which has a vehicle population of 20 lakh.

Narayana belongs to 127 Sata Regiment of Artillery (ARMY). Following an accident in Bikaner five years ago, he has been placed in a low medical category (LMC). He then enrolled at QMTI for a rehabilitation electrician training course.

According to Narayana, the idea of the kit came while observing his family at home. "At home my wife forgets to switch off kitchen appliances and my son plays with these equipment. I always worry that he might get injured, so I developed a 'password kit to control the mixer grinder'. Now, switching on and switching off the grinder is far safer," he said.

The same kit was kept in an internal exhibition of the QMTI. "A team of experts from a leading car manufacturing company happened to visit the exhibition and enquired if the kit can be modified for vehicles. I began thinking on those lines and developed it after working for two months," he said.

Highlighting one more advantage of the kit, Narayana explained that a back up starter is provided in the kit in case of emergency. This starter can be controlled using a normal metal key. The kit can be fixed anywhere in the vehicle in such a manner that it is not easily visible.

"If a thief tries to dismantle the kit or cut the wires to steal the vehicle, he will not be able to start the vehicle. But when the owner returns he can start the vehicle even if the kit is dismantled, with the help of the backup kit," he explained.

"We have named the kit 'security code engine starter'. It has been tested by us. Now we are approaching higher authorities for large scale production," said S L Patil, trainer at the QMTI.

Patil said that tests done at the QMTI have proved successful. "A leading car company has already enquired about the kit. But before taking any final decision, steps would be taken to keep the intellectual property rights with Narayana," he said.

"It is a very low cost solution to prevent vehicle theft. If produced on a larger scale it can be even cheaper," said Nitin Gaikwad, a batchmate of Narayana.

Gaikwad said that the kit could prove helpful in rural as well as urban areas. "An option to change the password is available with the owner, making it more secure," Gaikwad stated.