Vodafone Egypt assures security of its “tracking” technology

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Vodafone announced it is capable of providing users Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) tracking services with the highest available level of security to protect both their data and privacy.

A representative for the project Zakaria Nabil said Vodafone engages in “periodic searches” of its system every three months as a special security measure to protect users and their data, and users of the company’s tracking services will not have to worry about acts of piracy or hacking.

Through the service, users would be able to follow and track their vehicles, know the exact routes taken, the amount of fuel consumed, the locations in which they stop and begin moving, as well as the speed of the vehicle, Nabil said.

He said such services have long-existed in other countries, but was not made available in Egypt until recently, largely for security reasons, adding that the “service will only be permitted if it complies with specific security standards imposed by Egypt’s government.” The device itself comes with a GPS modem integrated with a GPS receiver.

He said the service can also be used to help combat acts of theft. After an act of theft has been detected, the service would work to identify and pinpoint the vehicle’s position, then inform the user via SMS of its exact location.

He added that Vodafone had first begun cooperating with the Egyptian Tracking Services for Information Technology, which is considered a partner in the project, to develop the service during Ramadan 2012.