How to boost the security of vehicles with GLONASS and telematics?

How to boost the security of vehicles with GLONASS and telematics?

Author: Ekim Saribardak.- How to boost the security of vehicles with GLONASS and telematics?

Vehicle tracking devices have been gaining massive popularity over the last years. From managing massive fleets to protecting a family member, tracking devices have become an integral part of our lives by keeping us informed about the location of what’s most important to us. Global positioning satellite system is owned and operated by the US Air Force and continually being upgraded but the military ownership of the navigation system always leaves a question mark in everyone’s minds. What would happen if the US military decides to put an end to the civilian use of the GPS or implement selective availability for security reasons one day? This is one of the main reasons why so many countries started developing their satellite navigation systems, and GLONASS is the result of a Russian Federal Space Agency project that is currently operational with 24 satellites orbiting the Earth.


What is GLONASS?

GLONASS is short for Globalnaya Navigazionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema, and it is the Russian version of GPS. SSSR – Soviet Union – started developing the GLONASS satellite system as early as 1976 and it is the most expensive project in the history of the Russian Space Agency which cost roughly 5 billion dollars with further investments of 10 billion dollars for the upgrade process that will be completed in 2020.

What is the difference between GLONASS and GPS?

GPS is the main navigation system used in devices capable of location-tracking such as smartphones, navigators and all tracking devices. The satellite system has 31 satellites orbiting the planet with 24 operational seven spare satellites in case one of the satellites experience a malfunction.

GLONASS has a network of 24 operational satellites with an approximately 2km higher orbital height than GPS. GLONASS has no clear advantages over GPS by itself, but when the satellite systems are used together, the accuracy and coverage area of the receiver visibly increases. As it is originally designed with Russia in mind, GLONASS is more effective in northern regions which is the intended purpose of the system.

Enhanced Vehicle Security with GLONASS

Automotive manufacturers work around the clock to improve built-in security measures for vehicles and try to provide their customers with a reliable product that can withstand the relentless attempts of car thieves. However, criminals have been familiar with most of these safeguards and even though they are improved drastically over the years, most of the time thieves find a way to work around these security systems and manage to steal vehicles.

The introduction of GLONASS tracking systems into the vehicle security industry has been a revolutionary development, to say the least. With the help of advanced technologies such as Telematics and the enhanced accuracy of GLONASS, vehicle tracking devices have become one of the most reliable security systems in the world. Vehicle tracking systems offer cutting-edge and innovative solutions to existing security flaws of vehicles and provide vehicle owners with the tools to boost their vehicle security significantly.

GPS tracking devices with GLONASS support offer prominent tools to enhance the security of vehicles while they are stationary or without any supervision. Criminals are always on the lookout for an opportunity to steal a vehicle, and the majority of thefts are crimes of opportunity. On the other hand, experienced car thieves commit more elaborate crimes by planning and studying the weaknesses of vehicles to steal them on a specific order or due to their high resell value. Regardless of the nature of the theft, car owners have to be prepared for theft attempts at all times. Vehicle tracking devices give car owners access to cutting-edge features that can be used as an early warning system as well as offer tools for a quick recovery in the event of theft.

In terms of security, vehicle tracking systems are unmatched on the market. The tools they bring to the table is guaranteed to make a vehicle harder to break into or steal. While features like sensitive sensors and geofence zones act as a preventive warning system; real-time location tracking and immobilization provide the means to locate a stolen vehicle and have the authorities return the car safely to their rightful owners. Setting up a digital perimeter around your home (geo-fence zone) and workplace to receive alerts when a vehicle breaches this border is an extremely effective alarm system that allows the owners to interfere with a theft attempt or alert the police promptly. Vehicle tracking devices trump regular car alarms which only make loud noises that people are accustomed to and tend to ignore most of the time.

New generation vehicle tracking devices that support GLONASS satellite system provide a greater sense of security and considering that 50% of the stolen vehicles are never recovered, it is vital to find a stolen vehicle as quickly as possible before the thieves disable or remove the GPS tracking device. Once the tracking device is disabled, the perpetrators can drive it to a remote location and dismantle it for parts or sell it to another person. When it comes to combating vehicle theft, no other device or security system can offer the peace of mind and sophisticated tools vehicle tracking systems provide for the car owners. With the added support of the GLONASS satellite system, vehicles are safer than ever with a tracking device onboard, and owners have the unique ability to recover a stolen vehicle.

About the Author:

Ekim Saribardak is a highly motivated IT professional who possesses a never-ending love and passion for web application and software projects. He is experienced with technical knowledge in all areas of telecommunications, GPS technology, web applications, digital marketing and product management, with an aptitude for problem-solving and decision-making with the ability to influence others in complex and pressurized circumstances. He has been a technology geek since 1990, starting from the moment he first had his hands on a computer. Since then, he has been researching and studying anything related to computers, fascinated with the way computers are changing everyday life. He has worked in both hardware and software fields for different businesses for over two decades.