Anti-theft technology tracks, locates stolen surveying instrument

(MILTON KEYNES, UK 1 August 2019) – Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, shares an event where LOC8, an asset-tracking platform, was instrumental in the recent recovery of a stolen Leica TS16 total station in Manchester.

A site engineer with PLP Construction reported to Greater Manchester Police his hired total station from M&P Survey Equipment Ltd. had been stolen from his vehicle. The total station was equipped with the LOC8 technology and was, therefore, tracked continuously throughout the incident. Once notified, the hire desk was able to locate the total station at a residential address in Lancashire. The local authorities were on scene within 10 minutes to retrieve the instrument, returning it safely to the engineer.

“We have recently been the victim of theft of surveying equipment from one of our vehicles at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday evening. M&P Survey Equipment was informed, and we received assistance immediately even at this time on a Friday by supplying us with live location information throughout the following few hours,” said John Dunne, contracts manager at PLP Construction. “We recovered the equipment just after 8 p.m. with assistance from the police. We are very impressed with the accuracy of the tracking locator and the assistance that we received from the crew at M&P Survey Equipment.”

Deterring thefts with pinpoint tracking, remote locking

Using real-time, on-demand GPS tracking, LOC8 tracks assets across geographical boundaries. Going beyond just tracking, LOC8 enables the remote lock or unlock of total stations through an app or web account. Further deterring thefts, LOC8 also uses GeoFences to immediately alert owners if an instrument is removed from a particular area that has set virtual boundaries, such as work sites or office locations.

“Theft of surveying equipment has increased significantly causing everyone in the industry to take action and provide better, safer working practices and environments,” said Mark Francis, Leica Geosystems geomatics market segment manager for the UK and Ireland. “Innovations such as LOC8 enable Leica Geosystems to stand up against theft and change the perception that our equipment is a soft target, whilst increasing the likelihood of the police knocking on the perpetrator’s door.”

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
Leica Geosystems es la empresa líder en el sector de las tecnologías de medición e información y, como tal, lleva revolucionando el mundo de la medición y de la topografía desde hace casi 200 años. Creamos soluciones completas para profesionales de todo el mundo. Leica Geosystems es una empresa reconocida por sus productos innovadores y el desarrollo de soluciones y los profesionales de un amplia variedad de sectores, como la topografía y la ingeniería, la seguridad y la vigilancia y la construcción y la energía, confían en ella para satisfacer todas sus necesidades geoespaciales. Gracias a sus precisos instrumentos, a sus sofisticados softwares y sus servicios fiables, Leica Geosystems realiza a diario una valiosa contribución al trabajo de todos aquellos que están dando forma al futuro del mundo.

Leica Geosystems forma parte de Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), un proveedor global líder en soluciones tecnológicas de la información, que incrementan la productividad y la calidad en los sectores geoespaciales e industriales.

For more information, please contact:
Leica Geosystems AG

Abbigail Knowles
Phone: +44 (0) 1908 513460
abbigail.knowles@leica-geosystems.com
www.leica-geosystems.com

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