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Vehicle tracking ends rental theft racket.

Kore Telematics : 11 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Wireless tracking network points to equipment theft ring on Mexican border leading to scrap dealer arrest.
KORE Telematics has announced that its network played a fundamental role in exposing an organised ring of rental equipment theft.

In late 2007, perpetrators rented equipment simultaneously from several branches of an equipment rental company in North Carolina, with the intent of moving the equipment out of the country. Fortunately for the rental company, it had outfitted its vehicles-for-rent with a monitoring and tracking system from DPL America, powered by the KORE Telematics machine-to-machine wireless network.

When the firm became suspicious of one of the transactions and tracked the equipment to a location nearly 100 miles from where it was supposed to be, they understood immediately that something more sinister was going on. The company quickly ran locations for every rental from the previous day and tracked another piece of equipment all the way to Texas, where it had been transported through the night to a scrap yard near the Mexico border.

With the help of KORE's ubiquitous, North America-wide digital GSM IP-packet network, the company was able to map the exact location for authorities, right down to the treeline under which the equipment rested. The rental firm locked down the engine remotely from North Carolina and, when authorities arrived, they found nearly a dozen additional pieces of equipment being staged for transport over the border.

As a result of the event, the scrap yard's proprietor was immediately arrested and subsequently pointed authorities to another yard where they recovered more stolen equipment awaiting cross-border transport.

"A mere two years ago, this positive outcome would not have been possible because of two main factors," said Alex Brisbourne, president and COO of KORE Telematics. "First, M2M-dedicated networks simply did not cover the amount of terrain that was necessary to track equipment so closely across such great distances. Secondly, because of where the vehicle was, it required both GPS and cell signal transmission to locate it. This was not a realistic option before we brought these technologies together under one network offering."

In 2007, KORE expanded its service portfolio to include CDMA 2.5G and 3G network services, giving more choice of industry standard IP service offerings for telemetry, telematics and M2M adopters. Today, KORE manages more all-digital end-point connections than any other service provider, driving adoption of machine-based communications across a wide cross-section of organizations in the public sector, retail, supply chain, security and utility industries. Harvesting remote data for process automation, improved efficiency and even crime prevention, these organisations are rapidly accelerating adoption of standard, IP centric services.
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