CATSeye tracks stolen goods

Covert Asset Tracking Systems has launched a tracking device that can be fitted to almost any item enabling it to be tracked using GPS and GSM.

Dec 14, 2006
By David Howell
Picture: BRC

Covert Asset Tracking Systems has launched a tracking device that can be fitted to almost any item enabling it to be tracked using GPS and GSM.

About the size of a box of matches, the unit has already seen use in several forces across the UK with Nottinghamshire Police in particular reporting a 14 per cent reduction on theft from vehicle-related crime in one month alone. Merseyside, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire have also made use of the device.

The CATSeye is unique in its size, portability, accuracy and the ability to track its assets inside of buildings and other solid structures. This ability means that there can be no hiding place for any potential thief and allows the unit to be used in almost any situation.

Examples of its flexibility range from businesses that want to monitor, track and protect their fleet of laptops, to specialist and covert surveillance.

The unit measures 59mm x 39mm x 17mm and weighs less than 60g.

Managing Director Lee Walkey said: “The secret to the unit’s success lies both within its physical size and its tri-tech combination. While most existing tracking systems use GPS and GSM to locate their positions, the CATSeye unit uses a combination of three technologies to significantly improve the chances of recovery.

“For example, the CATSeye prioritises its GPS data when it’s available, but then it can also use its GSM and RF technologies to fall back upon when GPS is not available, i.e. when the asset is taken into a building or vehicle. This then enables police or security personnel to home in its signal from up to 500m away to make the recovery.”

The device will be available early next year for around £250.

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