Friday, February 14, 2014

Container Freight and other Cargo Security Can be Verified with Intelligent Padlocks

GPS and SIM Technology Makes both Routes and Breaks in Security Visible
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – OK, so that’s not the most exciting photograph we’ve ever published, but behind that plain façade lies technology unheard of a generation ago. One of the nightmares of shipping valuable freight is knowing when a container has been opened and who might have had access. This new padlock from high security locking company Mul-T-Lock hides its light under a bushel but packs enough communications equipment to track the location and route of a vehicle at any time, and to know when and where boxes with expensive equipment or high value goods in transit are opened.

As part of the Assa Abloy group most readers concerned with their firms security will be familiar with this company’s pedigree and now the West Midlands based outfit is offering the Mul-T-Lock WatchLock®, a high security intelligent padlock combined with GPS locating system and SIM card based communication technologies to provide real time event and location information through email, text message or web based application. Mul-T-Lock Managing Director, Steve Ross, makes his case:

“Freight crime costs the UK economy £250 million per year and with the continuing period of turbulence and uncertainty, opportunist attack is likely to increase. This places business security and resiliency alongside safety procedures as highly critical, whereby keeping good’s secure and protecting valuable assets on a 365/24/7 basis, whether stationary or in transit will be the key to success.

“Mul-T-Lock WatchLock® was specifically designed as a direct solution to this challenge and offers greater efficiencies in cost savings and staff resourcing with the clever integration of few technologies into one easy to install and programme standalone, battery operated product. Whilst still holding the robust nature of a high security mechanical padlock, WatchLock utilises advances in GPS tracking technology to track the location at a predefined schedule or when any event is being sensed.

“This lock has adopted the advances in cellular communication to allow real time reporting from any location. It is also supported with a secured server to offer personalised reports for every Mul-T-Lock WatchLock® and allow real time information about the padlock, whether it has been opened or closed, where and when and offers a powerful device in the form of an intelligent padlock that can cost effectively help secure assets and shipments as they travel through a distribution supply chain, with real time reports available throughout the journey.”