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« on: December 02, 2010, 02:26:21 am »

HAHAHAHA!  There is no escape.

This technology is being restricted to law enforcement only, but as usual it will get rolled out a few years from now to regular yuppies as trendy and cool, and mandatory in two decades.

I've been bicycling for many years, and have parked my bike in ghetto neighborhoods, and never had my bike stolen, ever.  I have had lights, reflectors, water bottle, etc. jacked, but never the bike.  I use a U lock to secure the frame, and I use a chain to secure the back wheel and seat to the frame.  I don't want my bike to be tracked and traced into the Global Information Grid; I ride a bike to get off the grid.  A $15 U lock, and $9 chain will protect your bike.

Note: Our Bicycle Tracking System is
currently available for Law Enforcement Use Only.

Bike Theft
Bicycle theft is one of the most common property crimes in every city and college campus in the country. Despite its popularity, it is still a crime that remains difficult to solve. Not only are these criminals difficult to catch in the act, most bike thieves are serial in nature and will continue committing thefts until they are captured. In addition, most bike thieves are involved in many other types of crime as well.

A Proactive Solution
Another product in its line of proactive “Bait” products, Pegasus Technologies, Inc. has developed the ProAct-IV Stolen Bicycle Tracking System. Designed to combat many types of property theft, the ProAct-IV series of products is a flexible and very effective means of putting an early end to the criminal’s career.

While the ProAct-IV Bicycle Theft Tracking System is a completely portable and self-contained monitoring and tracking system, it is also compatible and interoperable with existing city-wide law enforcement Electronic Tracking Systems (ETS), allowing easy integration into existing electronic tracking programs.

How it Works
The Bicycle Theft Tracking System consists of six components:

   Bicycle Mounted Motion Activated Transmitter
   Alert Monitor
   Mobile Tracking Receiver
   Hand-Held Receiver
   Invisible Clue Spray
   Battery-Powered Ultraviolet Light

The Motion Activated Transmitter is cleverly hidden within the bicycle and the bicycle's handgrips are covered with fluorescent Clue Spray or paste, visible only when viewed under an ultraviolet light.

The bait bike is left unattended in the targeted area and the transmitter is armed. Once the bike is stolen, the hidden transmitter is automatically activated and begins sending its silent tracking signal. The Alert Monitor, installed within reception range of the transmitter, receives the transmitter’s signal and sends a message to a predetermined pager or cell phone. The bait bike can now be tracked and located using the Mobile Tracking and Hand-Held Receivers. Once the stolen bicycle is located, suspects may be further identified by checking for the presence of Clue Spray.

Law enforcement and the entire community benefit from the immediate capture of thieves that would otherwise continue in their criminal efforts. This often leads to the recovery of additional stolen property and the solving of other theft crimes. While bicycle theft will always be a problem, the ProAct-IV Bicycle Theft Tracking System gives law enforcement another powerful tool to make a real difference in the community.

Note: Our Bicycle Tracking System is
currently available for Law Enforcement Use Only.

What is the advantage of VectorTrac over GPS vehicle tracking systems?

VectorTrac utilizes UHF radio frequencies for communication and tracking. Since VectorTrac does not utilize the Global Positioning System, it avoids many of the pitfalls associated with GPS stolen vehicle tracking systems. These pitfalls include high per-vehicle costs and therefore low market penetration, visibility of the GPS antenna, pinpointing the vehicle (GPS is only accurate to 100 ft.) and difficulty in maintaining satellite reception in built-up cities. GPS is very well suited for keeping track of your fleet vehicles that are always on the road, but stolen vehicles are usually taken directly to an indoor hiding place where GPS simply will not work.

My company wants to implement a Stolen Vehicle Recovery System in our country, will VectorTrac work here?

VectorTrac is a complete stand-alone system that does not require an interface with any other system or infrastructure. You do not need phone lines, GPS, cellular, or paging to operate. All you need is an authorization or license to use a pair of UHF radio frequencies and VectorTrac will work anywhere.

How does the VectorTrac Stolen Vehicle Recovery System from Pegasus Technologies differ from the LoJack system?

The main difference between VectorTrac and LoJack is that the VectorTrac System monitors the coverage area and begins tracking a stolen vehicle before the owner ever notices that their vehicle is missing. The VectorTrac Vehicle Locator Unit (VLU) is similar to the LoJack VLU in that it does not utilize the GPS satellite network for positioning information. Both LoJack and VectorTrac utilize a silent “homing” radio signal that is activated once the vehicle is stolen. With LoJack, the vehicle owner needs to learn that their vehicle is missing and report it to the police before tracking can begin. This gives the thieves a good head start. The VectorTrac VLU includes a coded key tag that is read whenever the vehicle is started. If the vehicle is started and no code is read, the VLU knows that the vehicle is being stolen and the VLU will automatically activate. The monitoring center immediately receives this activation and can then authenticate the validity of the activation while monitoring the vehicle’s location from a computer console. If the vehicle is moving towards the edge of the coverage area, a remote signal may be transmitted that will disable the vehicle’s engine and render the vehicle inoperable. Another difference is that the VectorTrac VLU operates on UHF radio frequencies. These frequencies are much better at penetrating the vehicle body, enabling better transmit and receive characteristics than the LoJack VLU on a VHF frequency. Pegasus will build the VectorTrac system on a specified radio frequency making implementation in other countries very easy.

What is the difference between the VectorTrac and ProAct systems?

VectorTrac is a citywide system designed to support an unlimited number of vehicles for stolen vehicle recovery purposes. All of the ProAct systems are designed for law enforcement use to combat auto theft, vehicle burglary, bicycle theft, cargo theft, and commercial burglary. Law enforcement agencies will generally deploy the ProAct system when experiencing a series of crimes that would otherwise be difficult to solve.

What is to keep a vehicle from being driven out of the coverage area after it is stolen?

Because the Vehicle Locator Unit must read the coded key when the vehicle is started, it will automatically activate if the vehicle is stolen. Within 30 seconds, the vehicle’s VLU signal will be relayed to the Control Center and the vehicle’s approximate location will be known. If the vehicle starts to travel outside the system coverage area and the VLU’s signal is lost, the engine kill command may be immediately transmitted to disable the vehicle’s engine. The transmit range of the SAT is greater than the reception range of the system so even if the vehicle is not within the reception area, the engine may still be disabled.

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