Intelligent Band uses a sophisticated computerised code to personalise a vehicle to its owner, preventing thieves from ‘hot-wiring’ tractors, quad bikes, and other agricultural vehicles. It means that vehicles protected by the system can only be operated by the holder of a wristband which matches its unique code. The product is the brainchild of James Anstis-Smith, whose company is based near Shrewsbury. He said: “Millions of pounds of agricultural equipment is stolen every year, and the figure is on the rise. NFU Mutual’s latest rural crime survey revealed that rural theft now costs the UK over £44 million a year. “The figure has been driven up by the theft of high-value tractors worth up to £80,000, while quad bike thefts also rose 14 per cent during the period. “Intelligent Band is a powerful deterrent to these opportunist thieves, stopping them in their tracks. The principle is very similar to signature guns used by James Bond in films such Skyfall and Licence To Kill. “Unless the machine’s code matches your unique band, you won’t be able to start the engine. And any attempt at tampering or hot-wiring will be useless.” The Intelligent Band system can be fitted to any vehicle, regardless […]
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