Government is planning to launch a pilot project to test a new technology that helps locate lost or cloned mobile phones on real time basis.
According to Economic Times, the Department of Telecom (DoT) is planning to use the technology developed by Telecordia to locate mobile phones in real time.
The technology, called Central Device Information Registry (CDIR), has been developed by Telecordia, a stakeholder in MNP Interconnection which offers MNP services in the country.
The registry will keep a track of phones on a real time basis which will help in finding the devices in case the phone is lost or stolen. The technology can also be used to block phones with cloned IMEI number and cloned SIM cards.
Use of this technology is bound to face objections regarding privacy, as this technology would allow tracking of each and every cell phone in the country by a single agency. However, DoT wants to put proper conditions so that there is no misuse of data and information collected by MITS during trial.
Even without this technology, there are ways to protect the phones with technology like Mobile Tracker which comes inbuilt with many phones. Not many users are though aware of this tech and do not activate it on their phones even if it comes as a built-in feature.
For smartphones, there are number of application which not just track the phone but also can be used to remotely lock the phone and also to wipe off the data from the phone. However, all these are disjointed efforts and do not involve law enforcement agencies which can actually get your phone back.