Start the motorcycle, unlock the front wheel and rear wheel locks — all with one touch of a finger.

Meet R. Vivekraj, a 24-year-old mechanical engineering graduate from Kumbakonam who has designed a motorcycle ignition system with fingerprint recognition.

Vivek has fixed his invention onto his Hero Honda Super Splendour by custom-building his dashboard with a fingerprint sensor and a password panel after replacing the conventional model with a key switch.

Fingerprint recognition

“When touched, the sensor will recognise the fingerprint details of the vehicle owner (which would have already been fed into the system) and the ignition of the motorcycle will turn on.

“The locks on the front and back wheel will open simultaneously, making the motorcycle ready to ride,” says Vivek.

He also says that the password panel on the dashboard can replace the working of the sensor if someone else opts to ride the motorcycle.

“I have designed a provision for the owner to enter the password and set the vehicle for use of his friends or acquaintances,” adds Vivek.

The one-touch system can also activate the fuel tank and fuel pipe lock in the motorcycle, if required.

Interestingly, the youngster's inspiration for the invention comes from the fingerprint recognition attendance system at his college. “I was so inspired by the idea that I tried to install the sensor system in a car. But it proved very expensive for me. Therefore, I dropped the plan and switched to a motorcycle,” he says.

Vivek started working on his creation last year and displayed the motorcycle at the Young Innovator programme held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, to clinch the third prize.

“My creation looked bulky as I had to activate the entire system with the help of a CPU attached to the motorcycle,” added Vivek who re-designed the keyless ignition mechanism to fit it inside the motorcycle sans the CPU.

However, Vivek opted to keep the inside details on the functioning of the device a secret.

Vivekraj has applied for patent for his creation, which according to him cost Rs. 8,500.