Trucking Industry Security Technology

Trucking Industry Security Technology

January 18, 2011 – Jim Hughes

Transporting goods via highway and trucking companies is both cost effective and swift all across North America. The excellent road conditions mean that goods can get from point A to point B with very little muss, fuss, or worry.

A major exception to the "no worries" clause when it comes to transporting goods is theft. Truck drivers will need to stop occasionally on the road for food, lodging, and to fuel up. When the truck is left unattended, many thieves find it a perfect opportunity to make off with both the truck and its cargo.

Until recently, many companies would spend countless hours of manpower and thousands of dollars in an attempt to track these thieves down. There are many back roads across North America for a thief with strong local knowledge to take advantage of and hide in while the police and the trucking company search in vain for the truck and cargo.

However, modern technology has begun to change the face of the trucking world where theft is concerned. Trucking companies can choose to outfit their vehicles with remote GPS and cameras, which make it easier for companies to track down thieves.

In fact, security technology is more advanced than ever with remote video monitoring and storage as well as real-time advanced GPS tracking systems.

Imagine the scenario of a thief making away with a truck. The driver does the responsible thing and calls up the trucking company right away. If the trucking company has invested in this technology and outfitted the truck properly, the company can track down the location of the truck via GPS. For the truly advanced trucking company, there is technology available that can shut down the car remotely so the thief cannot drive away with the cargo, and even lock the doors of the truck, which traps the thief and gives the police time to locate the truck and apprehend the suspect.

It also appears as though there will be more advances in security systems in the future when it comes to truck safety. Some fields of research are dedicated to making fingerprint and even eye-scanning technology both efficient and affordable for trucking companies to install in trucks. When this technology is widely available, it will ensure that only the driver of the truck and other pre-approved personnel can get the truck to start up.

Truck companies worldwide are beginning to shore up their security systems, which leads to higher levels of protection for trucks, cargo, storage facilities, and drivers alike.

Jim Hughes is a Retired Dallas Police Officer of 32 years and Board Member of North Texas Crime Commission. Jim has visited Stealth Monitoring's control center in Dallas, which specializes in live video surveillance

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