Thatcham Research is the motor insurers’ automotive research centre. Established by the motor insurance industry in 1969, with a focus to contain or reduce the cost of motor insurance claims whilst maintaining safety standards. Automatrics MTrack is the only Self-Powered approved device with GPS, GSM and RF Location.
Why choose the Automatrics MTrack Thatcham Approved Trackers
Most Insurance companies will ask for Thatcham Certified Tracker to be fitted on high risk or high value policies. Thatcham have three tracking categories. Thatcham Standard features are highlighted yellow in the below function table. P5 Plant / CAT 5, CAT 6 and CAT 7. Automatrics devices are certified under CAT 7 but carry far more features than all the Thatcham standards put together, please check the
Automatrics MTrack additional security features.
Automatrics Thatcham Approved Trackers History
Automatrics Thatcham Certification started back in 2009, MTrack Active TQA114 MTrackPro TQA115, MTrack Boatwatch TQA116 and MTrackPro Boatwatch TQA117. All early models had GSM and RF location and the MTrackPro variants also were additionally equipped with GPS. Our latest model was released in May 2013, the Automatrics MTrack TQA340 a 2-4 year self powered, Automatrics MTrack Proactive TQA339 an 18-24 month self powered rechargeable and Automatrics MTrack Active TQA338 a wired unit. All these tracking units featured GPS, GSM and RF location and remain the smallest self powered devices ever tested by Thatcham.
Thatcham Research is the motor insurers’ automotive research centre. Established by the motor insurance industry in 1969, with a focus to contain or reduce the cost of motor insurance claims whilst maintaining safety standards. Thatcham is the UK’s only ‘not for profit’ insurer funded research centre they are recognised globally as the world leaders on testing motor vehicles for security and safety with the highest vehicle security standards in the world. Manufactures and supplies of Thatcham approved trackers must invest time, money and resource to ensure their products can achieve the Thatcham Standards. Thatcham Trackers are independently tested and verified to set criteria CAT 5, CAT 6 or CAT 7. Automatrics Trackers are all tested to CAT 7, as this is the only category that Thatcham engineers test to recover assets without any GPS signals, such as when a GPS jammers is in use or if vehicles is simply hidden from GPS satellites. All CAT 7 units must have RF Radio Frequency technology which can detect signals inside buildings, lock-ups or steel shipping containers. CAT 7 devices unlike GPS only devices use secret Radio Frequency signals, either VHF Very High Frequency (less accurate) or UHF Ultra High Frequency (accurate to less than one metre)
CAT 7 Thatcham criteria does not specify to use VHF or UHF and a GPS receiver is not required, however all Automatrics units use the more accurate UHF Radio Frequency and also have additional high powered GPS receivers. You can review the Thatcham CAT criteria and all the additional Automatrics MTrack features on our Thatcham Compare chart. The Automatrics multilayer location technology approach give all of our products and services a distinct advantage that keep the criminals guessing !
by Richard Taylor Automatrics Limited Aug 25, 2015