CESAR – Security Marking & Registration Scheme
The CEA is the owner of the CESAR Scheme (Construction and Agriculture Equipment Security and Registration scheme) – the most successful programme of its kind in Europe. The Scheme, now in its 16th year, was initiated with the support of the Home Office and the Police to tackle the estimated £400 million plant theft problem in the UK. Since it was launched, CESAR has protected over 600,000 items of plant and machinery, including agricultural plant and has the full support of the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA).
Today CESAR sits at the heart of a national crime reduction programme which has resulted in the fact that CESAR registered plant is six times less likely to go missing than non-marked equipment and just as importantly CESAR marked plant is four times more likely to be recovered by Police if it is stolen.
CESAR is powered by state of the art forensic marking technology from industry experts Datatag ID Ltd. These include both overt and covert markings including the now iconic visible CESAR warning triangle, unique RFID ‘tags’, microscopic Datadots and forensic, chemical DNA markers. The physical markings are backed up by a comprehensive database of protected machines accessible 24/7 through the secure contact centre. This multi-layered approach to identification marking has been the secret to the scheme’s success as it is virtually impossible for a criminal to find and remove all trace of the original keeper and thereby avoid prosecution. CESAR is a proven deterrent against theft as thieves immediately recognise the distinctive triangular registration plate and the risks that poses to them.
CESAR is accredited and supported by a wide range of organisations including the NPCC and has the full support of leading insurers.
The list of manufacturers who fit CESAR as standard continues to grow and to date CESAR is standard fit on over 70 of the construction and agriculture markets biggest brands. Of those who do not fit as standard many offer CESAR as an option or they may nominate approved distributors to undertake the fitting of CESAR on new equipment and that plant already in operation.
Visit the CESAR website at www.cesarscheme.org.
CESAR has many benefits for the owners and operators of equipment:
- Reduced risk of theft
- Improved safety for staff
- Reduced risk of disruption to workflow
- Lower insurance premium discounts
CESAR benefits equipment manufacturers:
- Their customer benefits from the above
- Manufacturers proactively demonstrate concern for their industry, customers and wider society
- Reduced risk of machines being illegally exported to territories where they’ll not be supported or where they don’t meet homologation requirements
- Asset Management and stock control functionality
CESAR benefits equipment finance companies:
- Lower risk of equipment theft
- Customers less at risk of additional costs
- Wholesale financing stock checks (improved asset management)
CESAR benefits insurance companies:
- Risk of theft reduced and hence lower costs
- Improved rate of recovery of stolen machine
- Greater return on investment
- Insurers are able to lower premiums and reward manufacturers and customers who fit CESAR
For all the latest CESAR information visit www.cesarscheme.org
CESAR Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV)
The Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV) application for CESAR is the single biggest development in the scheme since it was launched as an anti-theft initiative in 2007. CESAR ECV compliments the existing CESAR Security System allowing quick and easy verification of a machines emissions category.
With the introduction of Low Emission Zones and “green” construction sites, there is an urgent demand for the quick identification of the certified emission levels of machines brought on to sites. In developing ECV we have benefitted from invaluable input from HS2, the Energy Savings Trust and various London boroughs. The mix of a secure database of machines’ vital information plus an easy to read and scan visual representation cuts out a lot of work for site managers and local authority officers. With an industry looking increasingly to the environmental impact of construction work, CESAR ECV will be invaluable to companies required to manage large scale projects and multiple contractors ensuring plant on site is as ‘clean’ as is possible.
What is ECV?
Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV) is a clear and concise system to make it easier to identify the emissions ‘stage’ of a machine. The tamper evident colour coded labels with a unique alpha/numeric code, provide a quick reference point and is linked securely to the machine’s unique CESAR identity supported by a secure 24/7 accessible database allowing site managers to ensure they are meeting strict new emission standards on their sites.
Why is ECV so important?
Today there is a heavy burden on plant hire companies to provide detailed machine information to a site prior to starting work which is then difficult to manage on site. CESAR ECV resolves this by providing a simple visual reference through the colour of its label, plus a QR code which provides key asset data. Without CESAR ECV applied to a machine the process of checking emissions stages of site machinery is labour intensive and can cause significant delays on site in collating the required information.
Currently there are four different ECV labels which show the emissions stage of a machine and provide the reference point to quickly identify which stage the machine is certified at. These include electric, stage 5, stage 4 and stage 3B. As machine technology changes more options will be added to include any new stages and classifications.
How to add ECV?
There are multiple options for adding ECV to your plant depending on the current markings. Many manufacturers are already fitting ECV alongside the full CESAR security system with others offering it as an additional service.
Machines which are already in the market and fitted with CESAR can be retro fitted with ECV and customers should contact their nearest Authorised CESAR Scheme dealer to discuss options. Those machines which are not protected by CESAR will require a full system fitted before ECV can be added and again customers should contact their nearest Authorised CESAR Scheme dealer.