BT has launched a car tracking system that allows the police to track down stolen vehicles, and a BT product manager for the service has already benefited from the technology when his Audi was stolen.
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BT Trackit uses GPS satellite technology to pinpoint the location of stolen cars to within a few feet.
BT product manager David Thomas used the technology he helped develop earlier this month, when his car was stolen in Birmingham. Within 50 minutes of the car being stolen it was found abandoned six miles from his home.
Thomas was alerted to the theft by BT’s Secure Operating Centre. The local police were informed and used BT Trackit to recover the vehicle.
Thomas said, “I couldn’t believe it when I discovered my car had been stolen. I suppose it was an opportunity to put BT Trackit to the test.”
BT Trackit uses in-car electronics to identify when the vehicle is moved without authorisation. The system uses mobile technology to tell BT’s Secure Operating Centre (SOC) when the vehicle has wrongly moved, which then tells the owner.
The SOC can liaise with the police to arrange for the vehicle’s ignition to be disabled when parked. Using the system, a car can be tracked across 27 countries in Europe.
The system costs £300 and installation is another £150. There is also an annual £150 service charge.