Ford introduces the Guard Mode safety feature for its vans.
The new system acts as a burglar alarm in the FordPass Pro app.
In among other things The UK shows a new study, that truck burglary has gradually become such a widespread problem that it happens every 23 minutes. In Denmark, a similar study showed among Dansk Byggeri’s member companies in 2019, that 4 out of 10 during the year had experienced burglary and theft in their vans. Here, the figures also showed that van theft on average cost a company around DKK 17,000 in deductibles, lost earnings and delays with customers.
In this connection, Ford has developed the Guard Mode security system, which monitors the van online and acts as a burglar alarm. In the event of a security breach, the van’s owner will be notified directly and immediately via The FordPass Pro app.
“With the addition of Guard Mode in FordPass Pro, we are keeping our business customers one step ahead of burglars. And this is just the beginning: Since all our new cars today are equipped with modems, we see great potential in additional online safety features that ensure customers’ business and keep them running well, ”says Mark Harvey, Director of Enterprise Connectivity at Ford Europe .
Guard Mode is the first Ford feature to be activated through wireless software updates. The new safety feature is introduced in both the FordPass Pro and FordPass apps and will be rolled out to both vans and cars on an ongoing basis.
How Guard Mode works
Guard Mode becomes an integral part of FordPass Pro, Ford’s app targeted at traders.
When Guard Mode is activated – such as after working hours or on weekends – the system monitors the van using a number of sensors. The system detects if, for example, the van’s doors or bonnet are broken or if the engine is started.
In the event of a burglary in the car, the system sends via the FordPass Connect modem a notification to the FordPass Pro app on the owner’s smartphone with information about what action has been taken on the car. The built-in FordPass Connect modem is included as standard in most Ford vans.
Guard Mode also sends the owner a notification if the van is unlocked or started with an authorized car key. This does not usually trigger a car alarm, but it can be important information for the owner, as the van may have been accessed with a copied car key.
Guard Mode can also provide insight into when the van has been unlocked, when any security breaches have been registered as well as the van’s last known location.
In the next version of Guard Mode, users of FordPass Pro will be able to set times for when the feature should be activated automatically. In the current version of the system, the user has to connect the system manually via his smartphone.
Ford is in constant dialogue with both companies and traders to find additional solutions that can give Ford owners peace of mind when it comes to theft protection.
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