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CEIR system

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Source: BT

 Context: The Indian government has launched the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) tracking system to combat mobile phone theft.

 

About the CEIR system:

 Central Equipment Identity Register is a tracking system to combat mobile phone theft and facilitate the blocking and tracking of lost or stolen mobile phones across the country. CEIR serves as a central depository or database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers, models, versions, and other details of mobile devices.
Implementing BodyCentre for Department of Telematics (CDoT)
Pan-India DeploymentReady for pan-India launch on May 17, 2023
Key FeaturesIn-built mechanism to detect cloned mobile phones; Access to International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number and associated mobile number; Prevent revenue loss to the government; Mandate disclosure of IMEI number prior to mobile device sale; Block unauthorized mobile phones on telecom networks
Success StoryKarnataka Police used the CEIR system to recover and return over 2,500 lost mobile phones
Existing SystemsApple has a tracking system through Apple ID for its devices, but Android phones face challenges in this regard
ImpactUse of stolen mobile phones will become futile
ChallengesDatabase maintenance authority; Cloning or reprogramming of stolen mobile phones; Potential blocking of authentic IMEI numbers when blocking cloned ones

 

About IMEI numbers:

International Mobile Equipment Identity is a unique 15-digit code that precisely identifies the device. Mobile phone manufacturers assign IMEI numbers to each device based on ranges allotted to them by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association. Dual SIM phones will have two IMEI numbers.