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In June 2017, an apparent theft of a Terex 6-Ton Dumper was reported to Enigma, our team were able to track and locate the dumper which was at a site in Bramwith, South Yorkshire. We informed the customer of where the dumper was and contacted the Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit of the Met Police for assistance in recovering the machine. However, in the meantime the additional alerts that had been set-up after the theft report, notified the Enigma team that the dumper was being towed.

At first it was believed that the police had reached the area and were in the process of recovery, however as we continued to monitor the Terex’s journey it became more apparent that it was the thieves moving the stolen asset to another site. Our customer had also noticed the journey was suspicious and contacted local police in the hopes that they could intercept.

We continued to monitor the thieves’ journey and tracked it to pull up at a rural yard in Blackburn, Lancashire; some 90 miles away for the original area. While local Police raced to reach the yard, the machine was unloaded from the trailer or truck and was moved across the yard for a few hours until it was moved into a nearby forest, possibility in an attempt to hide the machine from Police. However, as the thieves where doing this local Police officers arrived on scene and alongside our team’s assistance found both the Dumper and a suspect in the forest who was arrested on the spot.

This was a great coordinated effort between Enigma, PANIU and local police to successfully return an asset to a very happy customer.

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In late July 2017, a customer informed us that a Thwaites High Lift 1 Ton Dumper had disappeared from a site in London overnight and was believed to have been stolen. They requested for the Enigma Team trace and locate the machine, which turned out to have been moved 15 miles and had been in an open field in Nazeing, Essex, however it looked like some attempt had been made to comprise the tracking equipment by attempting to shield the vehicle, but had failed. Due to the device’s configuration, the attempt didn’t interrupt the signal and our team were able to swiftly confirm the precise location, which moved the Thwaites machine to an industrial area slightly to the south. We quickly alerted the customer to the position and contacted the local Police to confirm the theft and location.

However, when police attended the scene and they were unable to find dumper, surmising that it was possibly being stored in one of the warehouses in the industrial park and officers unable to gain entry or look inside. As a basic precaution, our team set-up additional alerts for both themselves and the customer to report on the progress of the machine should it move again.

Two days later, we had confirmed movement of the dumper, which looked to be either transported by trailer or van, from the industrial area a short distance to another site just inside Hertfordshire. We contacted Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit to inform them of the movement, who contacted local officers to attend. Essex and Hertfordshire police headed to the area but were they were unable to find the dumper in or around the buildings.

The police on the scene contacted us directly to confirm location, which we confirmed and stated that it was showing a strong signal reporting from the area the police where. Watching the dumper on Skyline showed that it was very slowly moving around the area, which indicated that the thieves could be attempting to dodge the police. We relayed this information to officers on the ground and a short time later we had confirmation that a Ford Transit van had been stopped and the dumper was found inside.

The dumper was returned to the very pleased customer.

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Simon Keam-George
Enigma Telematics

Enigma Telematics, the world leading telematics specialist and fleet management services provider, has seen increased demand for state-of-the-art platform, Skyline, after expanding its functionality with Access Control features and integration with ModBus.

This year, the company also celebrates 25 years of supporting businesses in the construction, plant, agriculture, waste management and commercial vehicle markets.

Simon Keam-George, CEO at Enigma Telematics comments:

“We always strive for our solutions to meet customers’ requirements and demands. By continuously innovating and putting our customers at the heart of our development strategy, many of our customers have been with us for almost a quarter of a century and will be enjoying the benefits of Enigma’s platform and services for many more years to come.

“Also, with the Internet of Things advancing at light speed, Enigma’s solutions offer a significant competitive edge and are extremely valuable to organisations expanding their capabilities in this area.”

Enigma Telematics’ Access Control allows plant hire or construction companies to control machinery usage at a granular level. This includes restrictions based on employee qualifications or restricted access requirements. The machinery or equipment is immobilised until either a registered ID card or fob is presented to a contact point which then releases it for use. Additionally, for powered access units (e.g. scissor lifts, boom lifts) Enigma partners with the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) – this allows companies to access the IPAF’s accreditation database and verify a user’s authorisation to use access units.

The Access Control system enables plant hire and construction companies to:

  • Improve health and safety compliance
  • Restrict access based on hire periods
  • Restrict unauthorised access
  • Monitor access for usage and damage recovery

Enigma’s ModBus integration applies to control panels on tower lights and generators. The integration allows Skyline to track and collect key data based on the usage of the equipment, improving servicing and maintenance scheduling and enabling exact billing based on usage. Furthermore, the integration provides remote access to the generator or tower light meaning that the equipment can be powered down or up depending on requirements or usage.

“The telematics market has evolved tremendously in the past decade and as interconnectivity becomes the norm, the security risks are increasing exponentially. Companies must up their game in protecting their fleets and equipment, especially with the recent rise in vehicle thefts. Protecting your fleet helps to reduce downtime and drive businesses and profitability.

“As of the end of 2016, Enigma Telematics’ solutions helped recover over £100 million worth of plant machinery and fleet vehicles. This shows how monitoring and tracking the company fleet is of paramount importance and can have a significant impact on business outcomes. Not only because it enables business leaders to prevent theft and recover stolen property, but it also empowers them to analyse, forecast and make informed strategic decisions regarding a critical business asset – its vehicle and machinery fleet,” adds Simon.

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