Our first-ever app, called ID-Art, uses cutting-edge image-recognition software to help identify stolen cultural property, reduce illicit trafficking, and increase the chances of recovering stolen items.
ID-Art enables users to:
- Get mobile access to the INTERPOL database of stolen works of art;
- Create an inventory of private art collections;
- Report cultural sites potentially at risk.
Search the database
Publicly available, the app will boost real-time access to INTERPOL’s Stolen Works of Art database.
Police, customs officers, private collectors, art dealers and art enthusiasts can instantly check to see if an object is among the 50,000 items currently registered as stolen. Searches can be carried out by taking or uploading a photo, or by entering search criteria manually.
Create an inventory
Using international standards known as ‘Object ID’, museums and private collectors can capture images and record features of their works of art to help keep track of their collections.
In the event of a theft, these records can be provided to law enforcement, greatly enhancing the chances of recovery.
Report sites at risk
Those on the frontlines of protecting heritage will be able to document the state of heritage sites, whether they are historical, archaeological or underwater.
The app will allow users to record the geographical location, a detailed description and images in order to capture the condition of the site. The resulting “site cards” can then be used as evidence or basis for reconstruction if ever the site is looted or destroyed.
How to access the app
ID-Art is available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
It is free download from the Apple Store and Android Play Store.
The ID-Art app is funded by the INTERPOL Foundation for a Safer World.