How it works

ANIPO is dedicated to all the instruments.

ANIPO is an international network that brings together musicians and instrument makers who have decided to unite to stop the illegal traffic of instruments, and to recover and return stolen instruments to their owners.

Created by musicians for musicians and instrument makers, ANIPO (registration, use and services) is free of charge and will always be.

Protect your instrument

To protect your instrument, please first register. In your personal space, you can then record, edit/cancel and transfer the history of your instrument. Once transferred to a new owner, it can't be edited nor erased. Then the new owner will record his/her history...

To report a stolen instrument

Once you are registered, you should add your instrument in your personal space and then report it as stolen at any time. Don’t worry, we are here to help you!

The ANIPO application

A prospective buyer or instrument maker can, with his smartphone via the ANIPO application available free of charge for Android and Apple, immediately check whether the instrument was stolen or not, by taking pictures and/or entering its serial number.

If your instrument has been stolen, the ANIPO application will immediately:

  • Identify the instrument,
  • Indicate that it has been stolen,
  • Send you an e-mail message informing you of the location where your instrument is to be found (thanks to the GPS of the telephone),
  • Provide your contact information to the person who has just checked it,
  • Send you if they accept, his/her contact information by a second e-mail.

It is indispensable to create a huge and vigilant international community.

When the ANIPO community is large enough, it will be almost instantaneous for ANIPO to diffuse new and better identification techniques that will install in a few clicks for users and make the network more efficient at all time.

Then, at first, the traffic will decrease and in a second time, we can hope to recover the stolen instruments.

How to check an instrument?

The wood grain is unique, a bit like fingerprints. ANIPO enables to identify a stolen instrument using several specific pictures (see below).

This process is available for strings, keyboards and harps/lyres/box zithers. You can already identify an instrument of any other family with its serial number. For image recognition, you will have to be patient a little longer. ANIPO works on it...

How to take the pictures?

ANIPO requires specific pictures and you can take some other optional pictures (according to the family of the instrument):

  • directly from the ANIPO application, available free of charge for Android and Apple
  • or you can upload them from your computer or your smartphone in your personal space.

You can choose not to take all the required pictures, but then the visual recognition could be less efficient.

You must take the pictures as shown on the format above. The detailed pictures should not include elements that are outside the edge of the instrument. If you cannot take them directly as shown on the above example, you can take an overall picture and crop it to keep only the required details of the wood (you can do it in either with from a mobile phone or from the computer). But make sure the picture remains sharp.

The photos should not be blurred or fuzzy. In case they are blurred, the visual recognition will not be possible. To control the pictures quality, zoom in and make sure it remains sharp and clear.