BENGALURU: Imagine this: You’ve just bought a new car, but do not have parking space for it. So you park just outside your house, and constantly worry about it being stolen. One fine morning, you wake up and your car is gone.
Despite spending lakhs of rupees on vehicles, most people are helpless when it comes to their cars getting stolen. The most they can do is to register a police complaint, without any assurance of whether their car will be found or not.
To address this issue, is an IoT and app device, which can not only tracks the exact location of one’s car, but can immediately lock the car’s ignition mechanism (once it is known that a car is stolen), leaving car thieves helpless. This device was recently presented at the IoT (Internet of Things) Conference held recently in the city.
Speaking about the device, Arpan Srivastava, national sales head, Let’s Track, which has made the device says, “So far, we have as many as 20,000 people using this IoT device. Of these, the number of individual customers are around 10,000, and the rest are owners of companies who run businesses related to automobiles,” he says.
The kit for of the device consists of an IoT tracker that has to be fixed onto the vehicle. A mobile app tracks every detail of the vehicle, as explained by Arpan.
“In apps of popular car aggregators, the company only monitors the movement of the vehicle. Let’s Track, however, tracks the driver and his driving behavior. Besides the fact that it can lock the vehicle down, it can tell one exactly how many kilometers the vehicle has traveled,” he says. This particular feature, according to Arpan, can greatly help businesses such as car rentals and transport companies to track their drivers and vehicles.
“In most cases, owners of vehicles have no clue whatsoever what their drivers are doing. They might say that they are on duty, but they could be whiling away their time somewhere else,” he says.
The UK-based company also has a number of customers in Bengaluru, but is looking to expand, says Vikram Kumar, the managing director of the company.