VIN-MONITOR is a module of the VIN-INFO expert system designed for cooperation between entities in the search of stolen or sought after vehicles. The system allows for storing information of the user, connected with the indicated vehicles and automatizes the comparison process of the sought after vehicles between the system users and the data from advertising and auction services, as well as from checks in the VIN-info service.

The idea of operation

The idea of the system is based on personal databases of sought after vehicles, created by the system users. Each of the system users can add sought after vehicles, complete information on a given vehicle by adding new events connected with this vehicle and mark that the vehicle has been found. An innovative solution is based on linking information from all users of the system and providing the system with information from other modules of the VIN-INFO expert system.

Example 1.

  • User A adds a vehicle with VIN number ABCDEFG0123456789 as sought after.
  • User A adds information that the left front wing of the vehicle with VIN number ABCDEFG0123456789 is damaged.
  • User A adds information that the vehicle with VIN number ABCDEFG0123456789 was seen in Berlin.
    Until that point it is an ordinary database, like many others on the Internet, which can be created on one's personal computer with no problem. The situation changes when a user B appears who is also interested in the vehicle with VIN number ABCDEFG0123456789.
  • User B adds the vehicle with VIN number ABCDEFG0123456789 to his list of sought after vehicles.

All the system users having the vehicle with the VIN number ABCDEFG0123456789 in their lists (in this case only user A) receive a notification that user B is also seeking after this vehicle and an entry of the other user appears in the entry list for t