Tracker network goes 'social'
Tracker's ongoing quest to recover stolen vehicles has moved
into automotive social networking with the release of its Mesh
The system uses vehicles already fitted with Tracker units to
identify a nearby stolen vehicle fitted with Tracker, creating its
own social network.
The initiative uses both Tracker Locate and Tracker Plant products.
According to the company's UK branch, based on figures from January
to June, 2011, 90% of stolen cars fitted with Tracker were returned
to their owners, 80% of them within 24hours.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Mesh Network acts as a listening device. When a vehicle fitted
with Tracker passes or is adjacent to another Tracker-equipped
vehicle which has been reported stolen it automatically sends a
signal providing the location of the stolen asset.
Drivers will be unaware that the stolen vehicle has been
If you're like us you're probably wondering "What's the point?" or
"Isn't your Tracker unit supposed to do that anyway?". We've
approached Tracker South Africa to clarify and will keep you up to
Mark Hooper of ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence said: "The new
Tracker Mesh Network will enable the police to extend the network
of 'eyes and ears' to identify and locate stolen vehicles more
effectively using advanced technology and allow us to stay one step
ahead of criminals who are becoming more and more adept at stealing
Stephen Doran, Tracker's MD, added: "The launch of the Mesh Network
takes tackling vehicle crime to a completely new level. This
pioneering initiative empowers drivers to play a positive role in
the fight against vehicle crime by allowing their car to be used as
a detection device.
"Our ultimate goal is to create an ever-expanding web to catch
vehicle thieves as more and more vehicles become part of Mesh. In
the past few weeks we have recovered more than (the equivalent of)
R2.4-million worth of stolen vehicles as a direct result of the