Vehicle tracking technology takes to the water
Crewe-based telematics supplier, Kinesis, has won a contract to equip speed boats operating on Italy’s Lake Garda with its vehicle tracking technology.
Initially 35 outboard and inboard boats will be equipped with Kinesis GPS trackers to monitor rentals and improve security and safety.
Security features will include cut off alarms to disable motors and automatic alerts when boats are used or leave the water without permission.
“Live GPS location helps reduce theft and unauthorised use,” said Luca Avanzi, owner of fleet operator Gardarent. “Kinesis enables us to monitor rentals in real time and provides a new level of service with very accurate location data and improved security.
“Kinesis offers really useful safety features as well. If the weather suddenly deteriorates or if an engine fails, we know the precise location of every boat.”
The system provides location tracking with a battery back-up unit in case of loss of power or theft. Updates are provided every 30 seconds with access anywhere through any web-connected computer or mobile device.
Gardarent will also use a geofencing feature in Kinesis - not only to alert if a boat is being moved, but also for monitoring any entry into dangerous and shallow waters.
“We advise rental customers to avoid defined areas of shallow water as it can be dangerous and cause damage,” added Luca. “With Kinesis, we’ll be alerted if a boat has been taken into these shallow waters. On check out we can then undertake a thorough inspection of submerged parts, such as the drive and propellers.”
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