Plant owners urged to protect assets with Tracker
Date: 14 March 2013
As news spreads of the growing use of GPS ‘jamming’ technology to block systems meant to track stolen cars, stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert TRACKER is urging plant owners to take heed. By investing in a system that is immune to GPS/GSM jamming - as TRACKER is - owners of construction and agricultural equipment can outwit thieves.
Jamming devices, which are readily and legally available on the internet to buy, pose a risk say experts. Prof Charles Curry of Chronos Technology said, “When people use these, it creates a bubble around their vehicle for about 500 metres that jams any GPS receiver or transmitter. It stops any tracking system the owner might have used. Usually they will block GSM [mobile phone] signals too that might also be used to send back a location.
Unlike any other provider of SVR systems, TRACKER combines GSM, GPS and VHF** technology to create the most robust tracking device available. Resilient to GPS/GSM jamming, TRACKER offers plant owners the best protection from this growing threat.
Recently, engineers began monitoring traffic on a dual carriageway outside London, and compared it with traffic on roads inside the City of London*. They discovered regular use of jammers, with 10 incidents per day by some roads. That would translate to thousands of users around the country, given the amount of traffic on the road.
“These new findings confirm the fear that jamming is becoming more widespread, with the units easy to buy and even easier to use. It is not illegal to import, sell, buy or possess these systems, leading to their use skyrocketing amongst vehicle thieves,” says Stuart Chapman, head of TRACKER’s Police Relationship Team. “It also highlights the potential weakness of most tracking devices available today.”
“The current over-reliance on GPS as a security and recovery system increases the threat of jammers. Although GPS has a part to play, current UK standards do not recognise the impact of its vulnerability, while more and more UK plant owners fall victim to attack from thieves using jamming devices. The theft of expensive agricultural and industrial equipment can have an even greater financial impact on businesses. We strongly advise owners of plant to choose a system that provides a more resilient solution and, better still, one that delivers multiple means of location and communication. TRACKER’s SVR systems use a unique VHF technology, offering motorists effective safeguards against theft, even if the GPS does fail.”
TRACKER’s SVR systems work like an electronic homing device using VHF technology and currently recovers an average of £2million worth of stolen assets each month. The system places a covert transmitter on the owner’s vehicle, providing no visible evidence for the thief to suspect any security device. The signal is then tracked by any UK police force, directing them to the exact location of the stolen plant.
**GSM – Global System for Mobile Communications, VHF - Very High Frequency, GPS – Global Positioning system