No matter how much security is put in place at depots, warehouses, and premises, goods in transit remain a major weak point in the supply chain. So how can businesses better equip themselves to protect against thefts in
transit? Starcom Systems has been dedicated to solving these problems and offers 3 solutions.
1.) Smart Locks
A good lock is the first line of defense, but locks can be breached. Lokies and Watchlock Cube were developed to offer intelligent capabilities beyond a simple mechanical padlock.
Lokies is a keyless smart lock. The lock is released via Bluetooth or remotely via an app or web app. This means that the driver does not need to carry a key. With user management and reporting opening of the lock is monitored and
recorded down to the user. Real-time alerts can be set and sent alerting when the locks are opened.
Watchlock Cube slips over a variety of standard C10 padlocks – meaning no changing of locks or installation. Both Lokies and Watchlock Cube have tracking capabilities.
With full GPS and Cellular tracking, the cargo’s location can be monitored. Alerts can be set for a number of instances that are extraordinary. These include:
- Geofencing – if the vehicle leaves a designated area meaning a deviation from the expected area
- No Motion – if the vehicle stops for longer than expected this could mean it is being robbed or hijacked
- Breach – if the lock is tampered with or someone is attempting to break into the lock.
2.) Track your shipments in transit
Regardless of the locks you use, you can still track your goods in transit, whether it be an entire container or specific goods or boxes. Knowing location at any time is important, but knowing deviations or changing conditions or
even openings in real-time provides another weapon against the theft of your goods in transit.
For entire containers, including refrigerated containers for use especially for foods and beverages, the Tetis family of trackers can track in real-time the location, conditions, and openings of the container. For smaller cargo or even
single items, you can use Kylos.
Both Tetis and Kylos track goods’ location in real-time; and, both can provide real-time alerts for deviations from the expected route. Tetis is fitted to containers and can accurately detect temperature changes down to + / – 0.2°C.
Any changes can trigger a real-time alert to email and/or SMS. Not only looking after the perishable or sensitive produce inside but could also indicate the container has been opened. The same applies to changes in humidity and
light, which could also indicate the container has been opened.
Kylos may be smaller, but it can also detect changes in conditions, such as light and send a real-time alert to email and/or SMS, and can function under extreme cold or hot conditions. It can even track goods if they are moved by air.
With 3-year battery life, it can be used over and over again. The units come in rechargeable or disposable versions.
Kylos Compact can be used by drivers. Along with all the tracking capabilities, it also has a panic button that can alert in an emergency situation.
3.) Track your fleet
Helios is an advanced fleet tracking system with a range of units from compact enough to fit on motorcycles and kick scooters (requiring very little power) to full range units that track on GPS and Cellular networks. Helios provides a
wealth of information back to the base allowing full transparency and reporting to the fleet manager. Like all the other products mentioned a wide range of customizable real-time alerts can be set up. The Helios optional
extras include numeric keypads for driver IDs and driver-to-base voice communications.
Combatting Thefts in Transit
By using state-of-the-art smart tracking technology you can minimize the risks of theft. You can get alerted in real-time of potential thefts in progress and should your goods be stolen you can continue to track them after. In fact,
recently the Malay Army managed to track and return an Army Vehicle that was stolen thanks to Helios. Be aware and keep safe, from all of us at Starcom Systems.