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Safeguarding your assets: The critical role of backup tracking devices in fleet management

Johannesburg, 15 May 2024

Businesses operating in South Africa are faced with numerous challenges that hinder the economic growth of businesses across various sectors. For the transport and logistics sector, the rising crime rate is one of the biggest factors affecting business growth and financial stability, therefore, safeguarding assets is paramount. With the rise of sophisticated hijacking techniques, ensuring the security of business fleets has become a pressing concern. However, in the face of adversity, innovative solutions emerge, as exemplified by a recent success story that underscores the indispensable role of backup tracking devices in IOT solutions.

On the evening of the 18 March 2024, our recovery partner, Afrisist, was alerted of a stolen heavy duty goods transportation truck. This incident could have spelled catastrophic losses for the business involved, both operationally and financially. Situated near the Musina border, the vehicle's fate hung in the balance, with the potential of being smuggled across the South African border, exacerbating the losses for its rightful owners.

Fortunately, swift action combined with advanced technology turned the tide in favour of the business. Despite the primary telematics unit being discovered and compromised by the hijackers, our backup tracking device came to the rescue, leading to the successful recovery of the vehicle before it could become another casualty of cross-border trafficking. This remarkable feat not only averted a significant financial setback, but also showcased the indispensable nature of backup tracking solutions in safeguarding business assets.

The implications of such an incident extend far beyond the mere loss of a vehicle. From a business perspective, the ramifications can be staggering. The cost of replacing the vehicle, the disruption to operations and the potential damage to reputation are just a few of the consequences that loom large in the aftermath of a hijacking. Moreover, the loss of valuable cargo can further compound the financial toll, creating a ripple effect that reverberates throughout the supply chain.

Central to mitigating these risks is the adoption of robust backup tracking solutions. Unlike traditional tracking systems that rely solely on GSM signals, cutting-edge backup tracking devices offer wireless capabilities coupled with anti-signal jamming technology. This dual-layered approach not only enhances reliability but also fortifies resilience against sophisticated hijacking tactics.

Hijackers employ various methods to disrupt GSM signals, thereby impeding the tracking and recovery of stolen vehicles. Signal jammers, for instance, emit electromagnetic interference, rendering conventional tracking devices ineffective. Criminals are becoming increasingly creative in circumventing anti-theft technology, thus requiring businesses to leverage advanced backup tracking solutions that outsmart would-be perpetrators.

Moreover, the features of self-installation and multi-year self-contained battery further elevate the efficacy of our backup tracking devices. With easy installation, businesses can swiftly deploy these devices across their fleet, ensuring comprehensive coverage without the need for specialised expertise. Additionally, the extended battery life spanning multiple years alleviates the burden of frequent maintenance, providing uninterrupted protection for valuable assets.

Utilising information communicated from the backup tracking device, our recovery partner was able to recover the vehicle near the Musina border in the early hours of 19 March 2024. This serves as a poignant reminder of the need to invest in comprehensive security measures. Beyond mere compliance, it underscores the proactive steps businesses must take to protect their assets in an increasingly volatile environment. By embracing innovation and embracing backup tracking devices as integral components of their IOT solutions, businesses can fortify their defences and mitigate the risk of costly disruptions.

As threats evolve, so too must our defences. By prioritising the adoption of backup tracking solutions equipped with anti-signal jamming technology, self-installation and multi-year self-contained battery features, businesses can safeguard their assets, preserve operational continuity and uphold the integrity of their supply chains.

In an era defined by uncertainty, preparation is not just a prudent choice – it's a strategic imperative.