EUROWATCH, Europe’s leading service offering protection for vehicles and drivers across a pan-European network of security partner’s plans to further develop the stolen vehicle tracking product in conjunction with motor manufacturers. Offering the most comprehensive coverage via one service provider linked to the same security response system, and adapted to work on any motor manufacturer hardware.
By December 2010, the Interpol database held more than 7.15million records of reported stolen motor vehicles. Close to 129 countries share their national stolen vehicle database records with Interpol and in 2010 more than 34,000 motor vehicles were discovered worldwide through this database.
EUROWATCH links stolen vehicle tracking data through to police and recovery operators in different countries. Once located, the EUROWATCH network notifies the police in each country providing location details so that the stolen vehicles can be stopped and recovered.
Stuart Byrne, EUROWATCH’s Head of European operations, commented: “EUROWATCH provides the motor industry with a way to contact local police instantly in over 42 countries when a crime occurs as well as systematically collecting intelligence on security incidents occurring in the supply chain.”
At its core the industry-leading EUROWATCH service covers more than 42 countries and is seamlessly extended for North and South America, the Middle East, Russia and South Africa, as well as Australasia, China and India. The service includes Stolen Vehicle Tracking, Alarm Monitoring and eCall and uniquely, connects with any GPS tracking device.
EUROWATCH fights international crime by providing a seamless service that spans borders. In particular it utilises unique technology to connect all types of GPS tracking system through to police in each country providing them with real-time data on the location of stolen vehicles. This has previously resulted in recovery rates of 98% for stolen vehicles (industry average 60%) and 94% for stolen freight (industry average 11%).
“eCall” is designed to bring rapid assistance to drivers involved in vehicle accidents. It provides automatic crash notification with GPS coordinates to local emergency services. However, local emergency services generally lack the infrastructure and capability to process these messages and none work cross-border. EUROWATCH bridges this gap by processing eCall messages and notifying local emergency services through its established network.
John Lawrence, Executive Director of EUROWATCH said: “Since launching in 2002, EUROWATCH has become the leading service in Europe for protecting vehicles and drivers.Our success comes from the commitment to connect any GPS device to our service which allows Stolen Vehicle Tracking or eCall to be provided as a valuable option alongside our partners’ products. With our experience, knowledge and strong partnerships, we are now developing our service worldwide. This means that a vehicle manufacturer or telematics vendor can deliver products to customers in a growing number of countries.”