Immobiliser launched to beat electronic van theft
Published: 27 September, 2016
The Ghost Immobiliser security device has been introduced by Intelligent Installations to protect van fleet operators against the growing threat of electronic vehicle theft.
With criminal gangs increasingly using clever techniques to steal light commercial vehicles, the device connects to the CANbus system and communicates with the vehicle’s engine control unit (ECU) to offer added security against key-cloning, hacking and even key theft.
It uses the existing buttons in the vehicle, such as those on the steering wheel, door panels or centre console, so there is no key-fob or LED panel to give away its location. A unique PIN code sequence created using these validated buttons of up to 20 presses in length, needs to be entered before the van can be driven away.
A Bluetooth tag is available as an alternative option to the use of existing buttons.
An iPhone application is also available, so the Ghost Immobiliser delivers hassle-free protection. The app connects directly to the van, allowing the driver to start the vehicle without having to enter the PIN code. The pairing enables a single secure authorised connection using a protected code unique to each device and encrypted communication.
All that is required is to pair an iPhone with the Ghost Immobiliser, leave the application running in the background with Bluetooth enabled and the van can be driven conveniently and securely.
‘Thieves are finding new ways of stealing vans without ever needing to break into them, overcoming factory-fitted security devices by exploiting weaknesses in these electronic systems,’ said Errin McNamee, director of Intelligent Installations.
‘With only a small proportion of these vehicles ever recovered and many being stolen to be broken up for parts, the Ghost Immobiliser offers an effective means of protecting assets and avoiding added disruption.’