Nanite Identification Numbers (NIN)
Nanite technology was heavily monitored and legislated in its early stages.
As a result nanite unique coding was built into the universal foundations of the technology, essentially forcing each nanite to contain an identifying number as part of its DNA without which the nanite can not operate.
Nanites are coded with a two letter prefix followed by a symbol (commonly -) and a minimum 4 number string. Example, TS-4533 or GE-6483.
This foundation allows for the tracking of nanites and their uses along with their origins, engineering copyrights and so on.
Mutation and its effect on NIN
As early as 2039, one year after Nanite technology was first revealed to the world, random mutations in nanite coding were discovered.
Mutations most commonly make the nanite dormant but some can be harmful, such as effectively removing safety features from the nanite functions.
These mutations have a number of effects on the nanite identification number (the NIN). Common mutations will appear as follows.
Missing NIN elements, replaced with separator.
T–4533 or TS-4-33