The Thatcham category S7 is the latest classification for vehicle trackers. As of the 1st January 2019, the S7 category replaced the Category 7 and Category 6 security devices. The category S7 trackers allow vehicle owners to track and locate their vehicle from anywhere, at any time. Available from a range of tracker manufacturers. If your insurance company is requesting your car be installed with an S7 tracker, FitMyTracker has highlighted what you can expect from the features of a vehicle tracker within this Thatcham security category.
Who Are Thatcham?
Thatcham Research is the UK’s only ‘not for profit’ insurer-funded research center. They were established in 1969 by the motor insurance industry to define the industry benchmark for vehicle security systems. Their research entails rigorous testing of a car’s safety and additional car security products such as alarms, immobilizers, and trackers.
Once a product has passed the testing process, it will receive Thatcham certification. Each product is then categorized by Thatcham, decided upon which requirements the product meets and its functions. These categories will ensure that each product is always maintained and safe for use on the roads.
A ‘Thatcham Approved’ stamp of approval is exactly what you should be looking for when purchasing a security device for your vehicle. This means the device meets all stringent safety and quality standards. Some insurance companies will even lower your insurance premiums if they are made aware of the installation of a Thatcham-approved device to your vehicle.
This may need to be proven with a certificate, but these are easily accessed via device manufacturers and stockists. For high-performance and luxury cars, Thatcham approved vehicle trackers may be required by insurance companies before they agree to insure the vehicle.
24/7 Control Room Monitoring
By installing an S7 vehicle tracker, the location of your vehicle (car, van, HGV etc.) will be monitored 24/7. Any suspicious movement of your vehicle will signal an alert to your mobile, thanks to the control room monitoring. So, no matter what you are doing, day or night, you can be rest assured your vehicle is being safely watched and protected by your vehicle tracker.
Instant notification of suspicious behavior from your vehicle tracker will increase your chances of retrieving your vehicle in the instance that a theft has been committed. In fact, according to Home Office Statistics (2019), your car is ten times safer against theft if fitted with a Thatcham-approved security device!
An S7 vehicle tracker offers smart ICPO technology which allows you to not only track your vehicle within the UK but across Europe too! ICPO technology is available in over 100 countries, so no matter where you’re driving, your tracker will continue to work, providing you all the necessary data regarding vehicle location and more! As global movement increases, this particular feature has become very popular, particularly amongst HGV and fleet owners looking to ensure their expensive vehicles are tracked and monitored, no matter where they are delivering goods.
Access Data Via Your Smartphone
An S7 vehicle tracker allows you to keep in the know with direct access to your S7 tracker via your smartphone, tablet, or PC. Tracker manufacturers, like SmarTrack and Meta Trak are now making it as simple as possible to own and utilize your tracker’s features. Allowing you to access all tracker data instantly via your mobile device, usually by installing a simple mobile app! Providing you even more peace of mind and the knowledge of your vehicle’s location no matter where you are or what you are doing. With modern technology advancing it is now easier than ever to keep your vehicle secure.
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