Thursday 9 April 2020

AS24 low-power tracker helps tackle trailer theft

AS24, which specialises in services for HGVs such as the provision of toll boxes and fuel cards, has launched a new tracking service to combat trailer theft.

The company cites figures suggesting a rise in thefts involving transport firms, which it points out can be especially problematic for small companies more likely to be weakened by the loss of a vehicle.

The principle of the FindIT tracking service is simple: a low-power tracker with a battery designed for around five years’ operation is fitted in five minutes onto a trailer. It can then be used to monitor the trailer’s location and send operators an alert when it is not where it should be. Details on all trailers can be accessed at a glance via the customer area.

This service makes it possible not only to monitor the trailers when parked, but also to locate them in near-real time when they are lost or stolen.

The product, which launched last year, also makes it possible to detect unauthorised unhitching between the tractor and the trailer.

Thierry Bouvier, managing director of Ambroise Bouvier Transport, said: “We chose this connected device for two main reasons: we have had some semi-trailers stolen. The second reason is that we have some drivers who don’t necessarily park on site for the weekend. Having connected devices allows us to know when trailers are uncoupled from the tractor.”

Loic Gaubert, technical manager of Groupe Lahaye, added: “In my department, and for our mechanics, this solution will be revolutionary. The first job when looking for vehicles is to call the operators. Now, with FindIT, we got straight to the computer, we type the semi-trailer fleet number, and we can see automatically where it is.

“We can see which operator is using it and we call them directly. This saves an amazing amount of time and phone calls.”

The geolocation service stands out from the others because it is user-friendly and inexpensive both in terms of energy and money, says AS24.

Roland Saunion, managing director of AS24 UK & Ireland, said: “FindIT does not try to compete with other more expensive and more complex connected devices.

“For a few pounds a month, it only aims to provide an efficient answer to the question that operators or drivers can ask themselves – ‘where is my trailer?’ and to provide them with the tools to find it.”

More information can be found on the AS24 website.

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