Murton System Technologies has
patented a security authorization device using wireless technology, that is
aimed at rendering stolen goods useless.
The aim is to incorporate a
wireless device in any consumer product such as a TV, VCR recorder, personal
computer or Hi-Fidelity equipment, and if the unit is stolen the device is
remotely switched off via a wireless connection, and the unit rendered useless.
“The challenge was that the
device must cost less than $10 to produce and install,” said Murton System
Technologies MD Brent Maurer.
“This type of technology is
usually expensive and the difficulty facing MS Tech was to provide it at an
affordable price,” said Maurer. MS Tech is heading up a consortium of
investors to market the product and will use a suitable service provider to
offer the necessary wireless infrastructure for security.
“In the short term insurance
industry, a substantially large percentage of ones premium is for only a small
percentage of ones belongings. Electronic equipment such as VCR’s,
TV’s, computers and Hi Fidelity equipment are specifically regarded as
high-risk items. Ironically cable and TV Decoders are not considered high
theft risk items, since they are no longer useful to thieves once reported
stolen and the device deactivated by the service provider. Imagine what
this technology could do for all household appliances,” he explained.
The technology will be targeted
at manufacturers of consumer products. Appliances such as TV’s and video
machines will be fitted with the technology and incorporated within the
The service provider will be
able to switch off the stolen goods by simply cutting the encrypted signal, and
the appliance is prevented from working.
For large companies such as TV
rental companies, this type of technology could drastically reduce losses.
It would also provide the public broadcasters with the ability to collect TV
license payments. “If people don’t’ pay their TV’s get shut
off,” he said.
“Overall, it is a device that
cannot be tampered with and is by far the most secure security feature proposed
for protection of consumer products,” he said.