Most companies have figured out that they need to remove the human factor from the equation as much as possible The use of web-based monitoring and mobile communication is the impending wave of future products as most security providers are looking for better ways to protect or immobilize the truck and trailer without having to depend on the driver. Covert Personal GPS Homing Device and mobile communication locking or controlling devices which can be monitored or applied remotely is where the security for the in-transit piece of the transportation industry is heading, especially for high value shipments In the not too distant future, insurers are going to require this type of technology in return for affordable high value cargo shipment liability insurance coverage.
Recently, at the company where I work, we were tracking some very high value shipments going from a Mexico origin to a Canadian destination for a large consumer product company. For this tracking application, we use an GPS Cell Phone Tracking Device base unit with 20AH of battery and layered with an RF beacon technology. When the driver arrived at the destination location in Canada in the early morning hours, he was inside the virtual geo-fence but not inside the receiving location’s physical barrier. His arrival in the virtual geo-fence set the Tracker For Car to a longer reporting rate. Waiting to make the delivery, the driver climbed into his sleeper to await the morning receiving shift.
After a short period of time, he heard the tractor window break and was confronted by two gunmen who had him disable an immobilization device, tied him up, and placed him back in the sleeper area of the tractor. The suspects drove the unit for about forty (40) minutes and bumped a dock. The driver could feel and hear them off-loading his trailer. When they finished, they drove him about fifteen (15) minutes away and abandoned the unit and him. Once he was able to untie himself, he notified the authorities. When the monitoring center was notified, they could not get the tracking device to provide a cellular or GPS signal.
Authorities who had been notified were put in touch with our Canadian company members and a RF receiver was provided and tuned to the advised RF frequency. When law enforcement checked several locations where these types of cargo criminals were known to operate, they were able to vector into the beacon signal with the RF receiver at a warehouse complex. Law enforcement put the location under surveillance, used the RF tracking information to obtain a search warrant and then when they saw activity at the location, they executed the search warrant Inside they found the involved freight from our customer’s theft and over $500K of merchandise from other cargo crimes. They also made eight arrests.The interesting fact was when the freight was found, the criminals had placed a cellular jamming device on top of the freight, which was prohibiting the AGPS device from transmitting. The jamming device did not jam the RF signal; it actually enhanced that signal allowing the eventual recovery. This is an example of using layered security and multiple recovery capabilities.
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