Usually for private individuals who need to protect their family car or motorhome, or businesses wanting to protect their vehicles from theft. The system is known as Stolen Vehicle Location, and protection from theft is its primary function.
Very often, installing one of these trackers is a requirement of the vehicle insurers, particularly for high value or attractive vehicles.
Thatcham Trackers are monitored remotely by a Monitoring Centre, 24/7/365.
These trackers adhere to Thatcham standards S7 and S5. S5 is the higher specification.
S7 (formally CAT6) - Track and trace system, liaising with the police to recover a stolen vehicle.
S5 (formally CAT5) - As S7, but with the added feature of Driver ID tags. Any movement without a tag will be treated as a suspected theft. Remote immobilisation is not a requirement but can be added.
Businesses who need to control their vehicle fleets, see where they are at any time, check their routes, monitor their driver behaviour or their time on the job.
Can be used to monitor overtime, the working day, fuel usage and the operation of any of the vehicle functions (Door open, fridge on, gritter on etc).
A map will allow the controller see the location of all vehicles at once, or to zoom in on one.
The controller can be notified when a particular location is approached - say a customer premises, or when a vehicle leaves a particular area, say the UK. This is geofencing.