Jul 27, 2021

Remote Immobiliser: How They Work and Why You Need Them?

The theft of a fleet vehicle can have a detrimental effect on your business, impacting productivity, causing a loss of income and leading to a lack of confidence in your fleet's security — ensuring your vehicles are secure and protected from theft is essential.

There are several steps you can take to try to prevent thieves from stealing your vehicles. However, one of the most effective ways to stop a criminal from getting away with your vehicles is through a tool called remote immobilisation.

What is a Remote Immobiliser?

A remote immobiliser is an optional add-on we offer here at Fleetsmart and is an excellent way of preventing your vehicles from being stolen or preventing them from getting very far if they have been stolen.

They work by sending a remote signal to the vehicle's engine management system which then prevents the engine from restarting when it is next turned off. This means a thief may get away with initially breaking in and setting off, but they won't be able to get very far or restart the engine once they have stopped.

Not only can this stop a thief from making significant progress with your vehicle. You can then direct the police to its location with our highly accurate GPS technology, allowing quick and easy recovery of your vehicle to reduce stress and financial loss.

This tool can also come in handy if you have hired your vehicles out to someone and you have not received any payment, stopping them from using your services without correct payment. Similarly, if your vehicle has not been returned to you within the agreed-upon deadline, you can prevent them from using it anymore without arranging a new drop off time.

In combination with our geo-fence alerts, you can rest assured that your vehicles will never stray too far from where they're supposed to. Geo-fence alerts can send you a notification when a vehicle exits or enters a location it shouldn’t between specific times, allowing you to activate remote immobilisation if the alert appears to be suspicious. This comes in useful for ensuring your vehicles aren’t being taken from your warehouse after working hours.

What is Involved in the Installation of the Remote Immobiliser?

The remote immobiliser will be installed at the same time as the tracking device where the circuitry within the vehicle that is required to start the engine is isolated and connected to the tracking device and remote immobiliser. This can take roughly one to two hours to install with one of our expert team members.

Once the install is complete, there will be no visible signs of the installation, including any switches or visible wiring, reducing the risk of a thief locating and tampering with the device. When the install is completed, the user can then remotely disable the vehicle engine from starting again via a button within our easy to use software application.

Which Vehicles Can Remote Immobilisation Be Installed On?

Most modern vehicle types are supported with our vehicle tracking and remote immobilisation tools, however, please feel free to get in touch with a member of our helpful team who will be happy to confirm the compatibility of specific vehicle models with you.

Can I Stop My Vehicle at Any Point?

The system only allows the arming of the immobilisation feature once the vehicle is stopped. If the vehicle is moving at the time you press the button, activation queues until the vehicle is stationary again with the ignition off. This is to prevent the risk of any accidents, keeping your vehicle and everyone else on the roads safe.

Fleet Optimisation with Fleetsmart

With Fleetsmart, our technology helps you to fully optimise your fleet operations with improved security, greater efficiency, increased productivity and money saving tools. Remote immobilisation could be an incredibly valuable tool for your business, offering you greater security and peace of mind knowing that your vehicles are better protected from the risk of theft, saving you time, stress and potentially lots of money.

For more tips and advice, why not take a look at our blog or to find out more by getting in touch with one of our helpful team members who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.