Losing phones and not being able to locate them may soon be a thing of the past. Reports in the media suggest that the government may launch a pilot project to test a new technology that can locate lost phones in real-time. The technology, called Central Device Information Registry (CDIR), has been developed by US-based Telecordia, and the Department of Telecommunications will use it to locate phones in real-time. Reports confirm that Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar has asked DoT officials to work on a proposal by MNP Interconnection Telecom Solution, the Indian arm of Telecordia, for implementing CDIR.
CDIR consolidates real-time and non-real time data to do away with traditional mobile device challenges such as mobile theft, invalid device blocking, counterfeiting and cloning. The upcoming technology is being perceived as “worthwhile” by top DoT officials. Chandrashekhar opined that trials can be conducted at no cost to the government.
New tech to track stolen phones under trial (Image credit: Getty Images)
However, the telecom department is looking at proper conditions to ensure that the data and information collected by MNP International during the trials are not misused. The Hindu reports that security agencies will be able to track devices using the identity number. This way, the registry will be helpful in tracking stolen mobile phones and preventing counterfeit or unauthorised mobile devices. The report states that existing mobile device tracking solutions involve use of traditional Equipment Identity Registers, depend on static data and are not always adept at foiling theft.
In November last year, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was seeking ways to 'block' lost or stolen handsets, so that they weren't abused. TRAI was considering coming down heavily on offenders who misuse stolen handsets, and on the flourishing illegal handset market in the country. A report by Hindustan Times states that TRAI now wants to block the stolen or lost handsets altogether and plans to bring out its first recommendations in this respect sometime next month.
Reportedly, this isn't the first time TRAI has put forth this view. Earlier, in 2004, a similar attempt bit the dust because the telecom networks were ill-equipped to track mobile handsets.
While there are no more details available on CDIR, it looks like a technology worth taking note of. Mobile theft or instances of phone cloning have happened way too often in the past to be ignored.