Consortium unveils “smart, multi-layered tarpaulin” to combat cargo theft

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ZF, Sioen Industries and Securitas have joined forces with Roland International to create a new trailer security solution aimed at reducing the growing problem of cargo theft in Europe.

The consortium describe their solution as a “smart, multi-layered tarpaulin” with embedded conductivity. The system can be applied to doors, sides, and roofs for 360-degree security and is compatible with reefers, plywood boxes, containers and curtainsider trailers.

The stand-alone design means the tarpaulin can be applied to both new and existing trailers. Those who purchase one will receive a Plug & Play kit with mounting instructions that’s ready to connect to their existing trailer telematics system.

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According to the manufacturers, the system uses a smart, multi-layered tarpaulin with embedded conductivity. If the tarpaulin is tampered with, an alarm goes off automatically to both the driver and a designated colleague in the company. The Securitas alarm centre is also notified, allowing security patrols or the police to be alerted.

Sean Spelman, product and technology head at Roland International’s parent company, Cargo Control Company, says the creation represents “a unique solution for trailer security” and “addresses one of the biggest challenges in the transport sector.”

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