GPS Tracking System Helps Locate, Recover Stolen Boats See in Clematis Tent, Booth 576
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA) – The Nav-Tracker 2.0 GPS tracking system from wireless boat security systems supplier GOST will be a featured product at the 2009 Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 26-29 along the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach. (Clematis Tent, Booth 576)
Recently, Nav-Tracker 2.0 helped a sheriff’s department in Florida quickly locate and recover a stolen 34-foot SeaVee the thieves planned to use to transport Cuban refugees from Mexico. When the sheriff located the vessel there were 11 people onboard with over 800 gallons of fuel. They were able to catch several of the thieves and found the locations of the last four boats they stole on their handheld GPS units, as well as the main pickup point they were using in Mexico to smuggle illegal immigrants into the US. Using the evidence obtained during the recovery, the US Navy also identified an area of the Gulf it had not previously been patrolling in search of illegal immigration activity.
When a Nav-Tracker 2.0 transmitter is mounted discreetly on a boat, a wireless ‘geo-fence’ with a 500-meter radius is created. If a boat is moved outside of this geo-fence, the Nav-Tracker 2.0 uses Inmarsat based GPS satellite technology to monitor a boat’s location and notify up to ten people by email and/or text message every 15 minutes with the latitude/longitude, speed, heading and distance to closest city.
As many as 27,000 boats are stolen annually and the odds of recovery are only about 1 in 10, according to the International Association of Marine Investigators. “With a Nav-Tracker 2.0 onboard, we have experienced the successful recovery of vessels unharmed, in less than one hour,” said Jay Keenan, GOST President & CEO.
The message transmitted from Nav-Tracker 2.0 on board the SeaVee when it was stolen would have been similar to this:
Message From Nav-Tracker 2.0
Asset: M/Y Island Time
Date/Time: 2006-07-25 15:06:28 (EDT)
Event: Geo-fence breached;
Location: 26.05767,-80.1303.3 (0.75 mi NE of Hollywood, FL 33019)
Speed/heading: 9.2 Knots, 144 deg
Google Earth Map: [KML]
Some insurance companies now require GPS tracking devices, like the Nav-Tracker 2.0, to be installed on certain types of boats, including high performance boats and boats with triple high-horsepower outboards.
For more information about Nav-Tracker 2.0 and other GOST boat security, monitoring and tracking products, visit www.gostglobal.com or call 1+(954) 565-9898.
GOST – 3403 NW 9th Avenue – Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
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Product News release prepared by Home Port Marine Marketing.