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22nd October 2010
The adoption of CESAR as the official European wide equipment security and registration scheme took a step forward this week after a Europol conference at New Scotland yard.

The conference, organised by the Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit (PANIU), was attended by 25 delegates from across Europe including Italy, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, and Serbia.

The delegates heard about the CESAR scheme first hand from Datatag ID Limited, the company behind the scheme. DCI Mathew Horne of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) also addressed the conference highlighting the threat posed by organised criminals who are behind the majority of equipment thefts. CESAR and insurance industry sponsored specialist police unit PANIU also presented to the delegates, explaining their successful approach to tackling organised crime and repatriating stolen equipment.

A trip to the JCB training facility in Docklands and to the Olympic Park construction site gave the delegates an opportunity to see the scheme in operation on machines working on the project

The official CESAR security marking and registration scheme, supported by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), was designed in conjunction with the police and the insurance industry. CESAR is made up of 4 elements. Firstly, the machine is fitted with 4 tamper proof triangular registration plates, which are securely fitted to the machine; with the machines own unique identification number. Secondly, a number of RFID transponders, each the size of a grain of rice, are hidden in the machinery each with its own unique programmed code. Thirdly, the machine has patches of forensic liquid DNA painted on to it in a number of locations. The liquid DNA has microscopic DatatdotsĀ® suspended in it which are invisible to the eye. It's literally impossible for thieves to remove all the tell-tale identification traces from a CESAR registered machine. Fourthly, lifetime machine registration, on Datatag's secure database, which gives the police and other official agencies 24/7 access to the registration information which is an important aid in identification and recovery. John Deere now fits CESAR as standard on all Manheim built tractors for the UK market.

Statistics compiled by the insurance industry funded PANIU show that CESAR registered machines are 7 times more likely to be recovered in the event of theft than unregistered machines, and 4 times less likely to be stolen in the first place.

A further announcement, regarding the adoption of CESAR by other official bodies in Europe, is expected shortly with increasing pressure coming from the police and the insurance industry with support from major manufacturers including JCB, John Deere, Manitou, and Doosan.