DataDot has been operating in South Africa for almost two decades, and has microdotted more than 4-million vehicles. Few people know, however, that DataDot offers more than only a vehicle marking solution, but in fact a range of products and systems that are all designed to help with the prevention of assets being stolen or getting lost.
One of the innovative solutions is the Oyster, a cellular tracking device that will complement the microdot range of products and allow owners to not only identify and authenticate their products, but also to locate them.
Designed for use on assets such as containers, trailers, skip bins and houseboats, to name a few, the Oyster tracking device is compact, rugged, UV stable and immune to extreme weather conditions. In fact, the Oyster can operate in temperatures between -20°C and +60°C. It will even operate in temperatures outside this range, but battery life will be reduced.
One of the key features of the Oyster is its ability to operate in ultra-low power modes. This means that you get an incredible battery life of up to four years from off-the-shelf AA 1,5V Lithium batteries.
Other features worth mentioning include locate and track modes, a low battery alert, unauthorised movement alert and an integrated three-axis accelerometer. The latter allows the Oyster to go to sleep but wake up when movement occurs.
Weighing only 250 g (with batteries), the Oyster is small and compact, and its low profile makes it easy to conceal, even in the corrugation of a container. And because installing it is a very simple process, the Oyster can easily be moved from one asset to another.
The Oyster can be purchased directly from DataDot Technology SA and comes fully set up and operational, with a micro SIM and batteries already installed. The unit price is R1 250 (excluding VAT). There is a monthly subscription fee of R99 (excluding VAT) which runs for a 24-month period and allows owners to access the DataDot portal required to manage their assets.