In the UK, the battle against vehicle theft is intensifying, with an alarming average of 159 cars stolen daily, representing a 20% increase from 2022. Professional gangs, adept in quickly stealing vehicles, including trucks and construction equipment, pose a significant challenge. The theft of such equipment alone costs the construction industry approximately £800 million each year. The Office of National Statistics reports that 130,389 vehicles were stolen in 2022, underlining the magnitude of this issue.
Technological evolution in vehicle recovery
In response to these sophisticated theft methods, the role of technology, particularly in tracking and recovery, is crucial. Traditional GPS systems, while useful, have limitations and can be disabled by tech-savvy criminals. Unlike GPS and Wi-Fi, Sigfox’s LPWAN technology remains undetectable and is less prone to interference, making it an efficient tool for recovery efforts.
The advantages of Sigfox technology
OG-Wan radio technology stands out for its discreet and long-lasting operation. Its low-energy transmitters can function up to four years without maintenance, enabling placement in concealed areas of vehicles. This feature is crucial for evading detection by thieves who typically deactivate visible transmitters. Furthermore, the extensive coverage of the Sigfox network, particularly in rural areas where mobile networks are limited, enhances the effectiveness of this technology in tracking stolen vehicles across borders.
Sigfox’s network expansion and capabilities
Sigfox’s network, spanning across most European countries and continuously expanding, operates on the 868 MHz frequency range. This allows for a wide-reaching signal coverage, capable of penetrating challenging environments. The network’s expansion, including in the Trans-European Rail Corridor, positions Sigfox as a strategic solution for international vehicle tracking.
Diversifying tracking technologies for enhanced security
In the fight against vehicle theft, the diversification of tracking technologies is key. Integrating Sigfox’s radio technology with other tracking methods creates a robust, multi-layered approach. This combination is particularly effective in situations where thieves feel secure, making Sigfox’s technology an increasingly important tool for investigators and the insurance industry.
As vehicle theft becomes more sophisticated, the importance of advanced tracking technologies like sub-gigahertz radio technology grows. Such tools not only aid in the effective recovery of stolen vehicles but also provide comprehensive coverage, even in remote locations and across borders. Incorporating Sigfox technology into vehicle recovery strategies offers a promising solution to counteract the rising trend of vehicle theft, helping to safeguard valuable assets and reduce the impact on car owners and industries.
Gareth Mitchell is the UK Partner Manager of IoT solutions provider Heliot.