Vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions specialist Ctrack announced a transport solution to fleet owners by combining fleet management with the ability to detect signal jamming from criminals intending to steal precious cargo.
According to Hein Jordt, MD of Ctrack Fleet Management Solutions, the combined fleet management and jamming detection solution provides fleet owners and operators with an extra security precaution that keeps vehicles always visible in the presence of jamming conditions. “With signal jamming a reality, we are now able to offer our customers the option of installing a non-GSM jamming detection module as part of their fleet management system to ensure continuous visibility, helping to combat vehicle theft,” Jordt said.
As signal jamming has the ability to prevent a telematics unit from broadcasting its position to the service provider, it is being increasingly used by criminals to hijack trucks and trailers. “Hijackers use a range of jamming systems to block tracking devices from communicating via the cellular networks or via satellite. Once jammed, they typically hijack the vehicle or work with the driver to move it to a location where they offload its valuable cargo,” said Jordt.
Ctrack’s jamming detection device provides extra security against these types of criminal activity. With Ctrack’s fleet management component, operators are able to monitor driver behaviour such as harsh acceleration, braking and cornering as well as over speeding. Significant fuel and maintenance costs will also be saved through monitoring factors such as engine performance and fuel consumption.
According to Harry van Huyssteen, custodian of the Transport Forum, combating crime is enhanced when different stakeholders work closely together. “Experience over time brings about best practices. The Transport Forum plays an important role in providing a platform for collaboration between stakeholders such as truck and cargo owners, Ctrack, the South African Police Service and organisations such as the Consumer Goods Council (CGCSA).”
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