Germany to apply special fluorescent liquid anti-theft cable

Release time: 2021-12-31 18:17

【Summary Description 】 There is copper in cables, which are targeted by thieves in many countries.

There is copper in cables, which are targeted by thieves in many countries. To this end, Deutsche Telekom has come up with a new trick: smear a special fluorescent solution called "artificial DNA" on the cable, which contains a unique code that can be used to target the owner.
Deutsche Telekom loses hundreds of thousands of euros a year from cable theft. On Sept. 30, the company launched a publicity campaign to show off its anti-thefting technique: Its employees used a remote-controlled helicopter to apply the fluorescent solution to overhead cables. To the naked eye, the solution looks like normal cables, but when illuminated by an ultraviolet lamp, the smeared areas show a special color.
What's more, the liquid's unique code is like an "invisible symbol" that can be seen under a microscope. Through the code, the police can find out the real owner of the item. This makes the thief in the theft of cables and fence, have to be afraid.
Deutsche Telekom has already started coating overground cables with "artificial DNA", which is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The company did not disclose the cost of the anti-theft measure.
In Germany, railway companies and others have used the liquid to prevent theft, and some people have smeared it on valuables.