Vodafone Fleet Tracking

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Just released from Vodafone Automotive UK. Vodafone have now got there own vehicle fleet tracking system which is using the best tracking software on the market. These devices are very cost effective at around £320 supplied and fitted with a free 1 year subscription. Then only a small payment of £66 per year is required payable to Vodafone to keep the device working.

Fleet tracking is very expensive and most major providers are around £120-150 per year in terms of subscription. This system is less than half and it is backed by the largest mobile phone network provider in the UK. This system offers complete history of start and finish times, max speed, and driver skill and braking. This is only a small amount of data the device will record each day.

The device is completely hidden within the vehicle meaning a driver won’t know the system has been installed and its completely maintenance free by working off the vehicles battery and in the event of someone tampering or disconnecting the battery the device will be powered by it’s own internal battery.

Find out more on our Car Trackers.

Laserline Can-Bus Alarm Fiat Ducato Essex

Fiat Ducato Laserline Alarm Essex

The Fiat Ducato is a very popular vehicle with many tradesman and with almost none of these coming with any factory security it is very wise to get an alarm fitted before it’s to late and your vehicle is broken into. The laserline works very well on this vehicle due to it picking up all doors and rear doors via the vehicles can-bus system. This means the alarm reads all the data from the vehicles BSI unit for arming and disarming, and door pick ups.

The laserline Can-Bus alarm has a very loud siren which is rated at 118DB @ 1 meter and complies with all Thatcham regulations. The alarm arms and disarms from the original remote key fob. Meaning you don’t have any additional remote fobs or keys. The Laserline does feature a very sleek override system unlike other alarms. You have a small touch key which is placed on the LED to disarm the alarm system in an emergancy.

We supply and fit a wide range of alarm systems in Essex fully mobile to your door or workplace. Give us a call on 07525 068291 to book your vehicle in today. Or why not take a look at our other car and van alarms we offer.

MetaTrak Shield

Metatrak Shield

The Metatrak Shield appeals to the market of customers that don’t require a Thatcham approved tracking device for there insurance. The shield is aimed at the customer base which only wish to track the vehicle themselves with an ultra low cost subscription. The Shield is very slim and flat meaning it can be hidden anywhere within the vehicles interior or exterior for that matter.

The unit has the option of adding on extra features such as alarm trigger feed this means the module can sit between the original factory alarm siren and trigger an alert if the siren starts sounding. This will alert you via email and on the smartphone app which is available for Apple and Android.

You also have the ability to add the starter immobilisation relay on which will stop the vehicle from starting once activated. This can be controlled from the smartphone app or an additional Meta remote control which will turn it on or off depending on your choice and network coverage.

We install the Meta Trak Shield and the whole range of Thatcham Cat 5 & 6 units in Essex. Give us a call today on 07525 068291.

Vodafone CobraTrak 5 Review

Vodafone CobraTrak 5

Some customers ask is this the best Thatcham Cat 5 product for there prestige vehicle, the simple answer is yes. Cobra has made an industry leading stolen vehicle recovery Thatcham cat 5 for years and its proven itself within the industry. The Thatcham Cat 5 products on the market vary in quality massively due to some of them being made in China. All Cobra products are made in Italy and there standards in vehicle electronics is the highest ever seen before. The Cobratrak 5 is by far the most reliable in the field and with health checks automatically carried out you can be assured your vehicle will always be monitored 24 hours a day and 365 days per year.

The Cobratrak 5 gives a huge improvement in security over a standard Cat 6 device. It has starter immobilisation meaning if the vehicle is stolen and the police find the vehicle it can be immobilised to make sure the vehicle can’t be moved. And with automatic driver recognition cards the tracker is always monitoring who is driving the vehicle. If anyone enters and starts to drive the vehicle without an ADR card being present within the vehicles interior the tracker will send an alert instantly to head office.

With Cobra you get the outstanding 3 year warranty as standard against unit faults. And the amazing part is the European coverage with automatic sim network switching. Unlike cheaper devices the unit always looks for the best mobile network and it will lock onto the strongest signal possible. Some cheaper devices only use one network and this is not good enough to recover a high end prestige vehicle.

With built in anti jamming technology you simply can’t go wrong choosing the Vodafone Cobratrak 5. We fully supply and fit the Cobratrak 5 in the local Essex area by our mobile installation service.  

Laserline 278 Plip Upgrade Review

Laserline 278The legendary Laserline plip upgrade alarm model 278. This was the equivalent to the Cobra system 3868 but these were better due to the alarm alarm ECU being mounted inside the vehicle rather than the siren . The great part about these systems is the emergency override tag   in case you loose your original vehicle remote you could still turn it off.  The Laserline 278 uses a loud 120db Siren which is supported by a back up battery inside the unit. This means if the siren is disconnected while armed the siren will trigger instantly and keep sounding.

The system also features nice sleek ultrasonic sensors which are white in colour and match most headlinings perfectly. The ultrasonic sensors are used to detect movement inside the vehicles cabin when the alarm is armed. These are fully adjustable so you never need to worry about false alarms. The Laserline 278 uses the original vehicle remote to arm and disarm meaning you have no extra controls to worry about when arming or disarming your alarm. The system picks up the main feeds from the central locking module and on some vehicles even the indicator flash can be used to detect the system is being disarmed by the remote and not the key.

Its a full Thatcham Cat 1 once installed onto your vehicle by an approved Laserline engineer if your vehicle was produced after 1996. Extras can be added such as Tilt and microwave sensors, with a alarm being made in Italy the quality is outstanding. We supply and fit Laserline Alarms in Essex  

Cobra 4693 New G193 Replacement

COBRA-4693

The most reliable basic alarm and immobiliser system ever made in the world. The Cobra G4693 is the new replacement for the Cobra G193 and you might be asking why is this important. In all honesty it’s not any different from a normal G193 in terms of appearance to the normal G line series. The main difference is way its installed for an installer this system is more helpful in the way of more inputs and better features were it can be customised to a higher / better level that the previous level.

The controls, LED / pin override, Ultrasonics remain the same as they have done for many years. It still features a single circuit immobiliser which is very secure because even if the control unit is unplugged the vehicle still won’t start. Meaning a casual thief won’t be able to get the vehicle started . With the new loud 118DB siren you can be assured you will hear your vehicles being attacked.

The Cobra systems are now also branded as Vodafone automotive and there are currently no installation instructions provided in the box due to these systems being aimed as a professional only fit product. 

 

MetaTrak Thatcham Tracking

Meta Trak Vehicle Tracking

Meta is the largest tracking system provider in the world and they have dominated the tracking world in Italy. Meta have always made solid vehicle security products even years ago when the company Smartrack first started they used Meta for all there installations. Meta have now decided to enter the UK market place with a tracker that will give you extreme quality but also the very best bang for buck. As with all tracking systems they are going to give a wide range of products depending on your requirements. First of all the Thatcham Cat 6 unit is a stolen vehicle recovery system which will offer superior protection with on board tilt and motion along with a back up battery in case the vehicles power is disconnected. These Thatcham Cat 6 units are designed for vehicles worth up to the value of £90.000.

If you own a prestige car over the value of £90.000 you will normally be requested by your insurer to fit a Thatcham Cat 5 product, this is the ultimate system in the stolen vehicle tracking world. Thatcham Cat 5 has a starter cut immobilisation loop which means the starter won’t engage once the tracking head office immobilise the vehicle. The plus side to this unit is the ADR cards which are used to identify the correct driver is driving the vehicle. If for example a thief gets in the vehicle and drives away without an ADR card being present this will trigger an alert meaning you will get a call from head office.

As with all modern tracking devices it will have on board jamming detection and excellent GPS ability giving exact vehicle positioning in the event your vehicle is stolen. Meta are also releasing a non Thatcham approved unit which is great for customers that wish to keep an eye on there car but don’t require a Thatcham approved unit.     

Scorpion SA30 Review

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If your looking for a basic and effective alarm and immobiliser you should look no further than the Scorpion Sa30 alarm system. Not only is it the cheapest branded and good quality alarm system it also is very reliable. Coming with good security features such as ultrasonic sensors and an inbuilt shock sensor, the scorpion SA30 also features an extremely bright blue LED to warn a thief away before they attack your vehicle. Even though the system is basic it offers full on board locking relays meaning if your car has central locking as standard it will lock and unlock your doors.

The alarm has a very loud acoustic two tone siren which is  a full 120 db when sounding. The alarm also has an emergency pin override which can be used if the alarm remote controls are lost or the battery goes flat. This alarm uses the most advanced rolling code it is the same specification as a full Thatcham Cat 1. This system also features a boot release button which is common on many new vehicles. Were a electric button on the vehicles dashboard the alarm can be linked to this to give you remote unlocking of the boot. If you wish to leave a pet in the vehicle this is no issue for the Scorpion system you simply arm the alarm as normal and press an extra button on the remote to exclude the interior sensors within the vehicle. This gives you a fully alarmed vehicle but the interior will remain unarmed. With the nice and strong remotes you know they are built to last and give you a good service life.

You can also add extra’s to this system if you wish by simply hard wiring them in, you can add a Tilt sensor which will protect your alloy wheels, glass break which listens for the sound of breaking glass. The reason a glass break is an excellent add on is the alarm can be armed with pets inside the vehicle and the glass break sensor won’t trigger with pet movement. With a couple of sensors added on this alarm is very secure and it’s the perfect upgrade if your on a tight budget.

 

Ford Transit MK7 Thatcham Approved Alarm Upgrade

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If you have a Ford Transit you will know they are getting stolen and broken into daily. This is when we come into action with a Thatcham approved alarm system which is vehicle programmed with the Ford Transit profile in mind. The system we supply works perfectly with the original Blue Ford remote key fob giving a very sleek alarm installation. The cheaper alarm systems can be disarmed via the drivers door lock which is a major problem on the Transits due to the door lock being so weak against an attack. The door lock can normally be picked within 40 seconds and once they gain entry they can simply program a new key which takes no longer than 30 seconds. The alarm we fit can’t be disarmed via the drivers door lock giving you an instant alarm trigger once they pick the drivers door lock.

This system brings the Ford Transit up to having a full Thatcham Cat 1 alarm once installed. And the system protects all major area’s such as the front cab doors and rear/sliding doors along with the bonnet and the vehicles interior which is covered by colour matching ultrasonic sensors which look original and very nice within the Ford Transit’s interior. You won’t seen anything other than the small sensors and the small LED mounted on the switch blank within the cabin.

The siren is digitally linked to the main alarm ECU giving you complete protection against any forced attack on your alarm siren. When sounding the alarm siren is 118db loud at 1 meter giving you a good audible warning your vehicle is being broken into.

Difference between slam locks and deadlocks

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When choosing an additional locking system for your van it’s worth while making sure you choose the right choice. Many people get confused over which type does what and how exactly they lock. It is very simple to understand to be honest. Deadlocks are a simple catch with a euro cylinder mounted in the door, these locks are only locked when you manually throw the key within the lock and to unlock you simply turn the key round in the euro cylinder. These locks are very similar to a deadbolt which is fitted on some front doors in your home. Busy tradesman only deadlock there vehicle at night when they need the additional security to protect there tools in most cases.

Slam locks are a very good idea and are mostly used by parcel delivery companies where they unload each parcel and slam the door each time and each and every time the door locks behind them meaning they will never forget to lock the door. The only risk to these products is leaving the keys in the vehicle and slamming the door behind you. This is why I would always suggest carrying a spare key on you. The slam locks can be bypassed from inside the vehicle if you get locked in meaning your safety is never at risk.