AUSTRALIAN company DataDot Technology says its DataDotDNA product is being used by Con Edison in the US to prevent copper theft.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of US energy giant Consolidated Edison. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.
In 2013 Con Edison reported 155 thefts of copper cable from manholes, trucks or other company facilities. To combat this theft, the utility will use DataDot's spray-on system, which leaves dot markings on copper or equipment.
Each set of dots has a unique identifier, logo or numbered ID that is invisible to the naked eye but can be viewed with a UV light.
Con Edison can then work with the police to review records and products at metal and scrapyards to trace who sold a piece of copper to a scrap yard and where the copper was last stored by Con Edison.
According to DataDot Technology, the decision by Con Edison to use its DataDotDNA product is a significant development in implementing the company’s US metals theft solution strategy.