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"Tough Tracker" Helps Stop Equipment Theft
Just as planes have “black boxes” to store information, farmers can install Tough Tracker boxes to keep track of expensive tractors and equipment that might get stolen. The units house a power supply and tracking technology accessed through satellite communication by smart phones and other computer devices. When the equipment is moved, an alert is sent via email or text message. The British product should be available in the U.S. within a few months.
  Made of a stronger-than-steel composite used in Formula 1 cars, the patented housing is welded directly to equipment. It’s indestructible as shown on a YouTube video of a man with a mall unable to smash it.
  “The Tough Tracker was originally developed for the waste industry to enable assets to be easily tracked and monitored,” explains Cat Webb, marketing coordinator for Spaldings Ltd., a U.K. company that distributes the device for Tough Tracker Ltd. “As such it needed to have a self-contained power supply and be very secure and vandal-proof. The sophisticated software and unique features also mean that it’s particularly suited to agriculture, local authorities and the transport industry.”
  Customers typically install the Tough Tracker in a visible place as a deterrent to thieves. It can be installed on tractors, trailers, fuel tankers, etc.
  “Most customers will purchase multiple units,” Webb says. Besides the cost of the unit, there’s an annual satellite subscription fee.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Spaldings Ltd., Sadler Road, Lincoln, LN6 3XJ, United Kingdom (ph 011 44 1522 507600; www.spaldings.co.uk; www.toughtracker.com).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2