A common cause for concern among bus operators is the potential for unattended vehicles to be driven away by unauthorised persons with malicious intent. This misuse can raise insurance premiums, destroy vehicles and cause loss of life, with vehicles stolen for reasons ranging from 'joyrides' to terrorism.
A common feature on today's buses is smart ticketing machines that require an authorised driver to log on before the ticket machine will function. The UK company's immobiliser can utilise the log in function of the ticket machine to enable the ignition and/or start functions of the bus, via a driver's smart card.
The device can be adapted and fitted by the UK company to a specific bus ticketing system and can be incorporated within a driver's existing company smart card. If the bus is broken down or abandoned, the bus company can provide a pin number to police or towing companies to start the vehicle in the absence of the driver's smart card.
They are seeking bus companies throughout Europe that want to incorporate this additional security system into their buses, and can be adapted to existing equipment on a range of buses. They offer ongoing service support and installation of the devices via commercial agreement with technical assistance.