Mobile Phone-based Vehicle Anti-theft System

Posted on July 30, 2008  Comments (5)

18 year old self-taught electronics ‘genius’ invents mobile phone-based vehicle anti-theft system

Morris Mbetsa, an 18 year old self-taught inventor with no formal electronics training from the coastal tourist town of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean in Kenya, has invented the “Block & Track”, a mobile phone-based anti-theft device and vehicle tracking system.

The system, that Mbetsa created by combining technology from projects that he has completed in the past, uses a combination of voice, DTMF and SMS text messages over cell-based phone service to carry codes and messages that allow control of some of a vehicles’ electrical systems including the ignition to manage vehicle activation and disabling remotely in real time.

Mbetsa is now looking for funding to commercially develop his proof of concept and bring it to the market

Another cool example of engineering in action.

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5 Responses to “Mobile Phone-based Vehicle Anti-theft System”

  1. Raj Krishnaswamy
    August 4th, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

    Absolutely fabulous and impressive. I dont think there will be any problem funding this great concept. I mean the profits to be generated by commercializing this could be tremendous. What is impressive is that it says that the inventor has had no formal training in this area. Engineering at its best! Congrats. Thank you.

  2. Anonymous
    August 6th, 2008 @ 2:30 am

    Well that’s a great news . I have done a similar project based on the use of mobile phones to control the equipments in a home .But i have done this as my final semester project at the age of 22 , so Morris Mbetsa deserves a great appreciation

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  5. Anonymous
    November 1st, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    I read about the VAN(vehicular adhoc network) in my MCS degree.That is make through the phone based or wireless based.It is very useful.

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