Track and trace across Europe

Three years ago, more than 450,000 cars vanished from European streets, never to be recovered. Today, there is a 90 percent chance of getting a stolen vehicle back. Securitas can offer a stolen vehicle recovery service across 20 countries in Europe.

Track and trace systems are rapidly spreading. Today, more than 25,000 vehicles in Europe are connected to Securitas, and the company registers about 500 new vehicles every month. There is also an increasing interest among transport companies to protect attractive goods by means of a tracking device inside the load. Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks went one step further and added the track and trace system to their own fleet management system, Dynafleet. The system assists drivers on the road, and includes features such as monitoring current location of the trucks, their fuel consumption, messages, driver times and service intervals.

“One feature was lacking in this very complete offering, and that was a solid security feature,” says Product Support Manager Pascal Claes at Volvo Trucks, Belgium. “Often, drivers have to pull over for a scheduled break in isolated parking lots, or by the road. Today, it is becoming more and more common with truckjacking, even in broad daylight. Both the truck and the cargo are desirable goods.”

“As we explored the possibilities, we turned to Securitas that has already managed to migrate other track and trace technologies into their network. They also have the best coverage of alarm monitoring centers in Europe and the necessary expertise.” Volvo Truck’s customers were looking for a security system that would secure the driver, the cargo and the truck, Pascal Claes explains. To meet those needs, Securitas’ system was connected to the existing fleet management system.

When there is an emergency situation, the driver can push a button in the truck, and an alarm is transmitted to the high-security Alert Services monitoring center in Brussels. Here, crisis management trained operators can through satellite positioning and mobile phone technology pinpoint a vehicles position and immediately alert local authorities.

At present a number of tracking technologies and service providers are available on the market. For Securitas, the next step will be to lead the industry towards a common technical platform. Agreeing on a common platform will likely become easier as monitoring equipment and services will become more of a standard feature. By 2011, all European vehicles will have to be equipped with a monitoring device, according to the “e-call-directive” from the European Union.

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