By TAN KIT HOONGbytz@thestar.com.my
OCS Innovative Technologies Sdn Bhd has introduced GPS vehicle tracking systems which the company claims will disable the car when GPS/GSM jammers are used to attempt to block the system.
Conventional GPS/GSM tracking systems can be blocked by car thieves using a jammer, which effectively blocks both the geolocation signal as well as the GSM wireless technology which is used to upload the vehicle's position on the Internet, said Steven Ng, its sales and marketing manager.
The company's N-AT5i and N-AT1E GPS/GPRS vehicle trackers, however, will disable the vehicle if they detect a jammer signal.
Also, the N-AT5i and N-AT1E Pro are able to differentiate between, say, a vehicle that has lost both GPS and GSM signals in an underground carpark and when a signal jammer is actively being used.
The N-AT1E Pro is meant for private vehicles while the more advanced N-AT5i is meant for commercial vehicles and can accept more accessories such as fuel sensors, microphones and temperature sensors.
OCS also produces a software suite so that users can track their vehicles online using a PC or an Android or iOS smartphone.
The company is also working with the Royal Malaysia Police which has been given a special software suite that allows the police to track and be alerted as well when a vehicle is stolen.
The NAT-1E Pro retails for RM1,400, and the NAT5i for RM1,800. However, each device also comes with a yearly subscription fee for the tracking service which costs RM300 for private users and RM360 for companies.
According to the statistics provided by the Royal Malaysia Police, 45,952 vehicles were stolen between January and August 2011.
According to Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin, director of the criminal investigation department at Bukit Aman, many stolen luxury and mid-range cars are exported to places as far as Dubai and South Africa.