Vixnet teams up with Ctrack for a South African jamming mitigation first


VixNet, South Africa’s only wide area Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Technology provider, is pleased to announce that it has signed a new partnership agreement with Ctrack, one of South Africa’s leading Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management Intelligent Solutions Specialists.

According to Clinton Lemmer, Head of Security Business Development at VixNet and Hein Jordt, Managing Director of Ctrack – the result of this agreement will offer Ctrack customers one of the most advanced and proactive jamming detection services available in South Africa to date.

“We are pleased to announce that VixNet will be working closely with Ctrack to offer Ctrack customers state-of-the-art anti-jamming technology with the advantage of our proprietary, secure, bi-directional data communications network,” says Clinton Lemmer. “Our agreement with Ctrack is to provide them with all of the back-end technology while they focus on the marketing, installation and monitoring of their own customer base,” he says.

“Our agreement with VixNet provides the platform to supply our customers with an enhanced jamming mitigation solution,” says Hein Jordt. “This is the ideal solution for our fleet customers in particular that are working with high-risk loads as it provides detection of any jamming devices in the vicinity, which means that armed response or reaction services can be notified before an incident takes place,” he says.

Both Lemmer and Jordt acknowledge that many customers have become disillusioned with other so-called anti-jamming services providers that are unable to deliver on their product promises. However, they believe that when it comes to VixNet’s DSSS technology, it’s easy to win the sceptics over when they have the opportunity to witness the effectiveness of the system being demonstrated in a real life scenario using real jammers.

The VixNet bi-directional data communications network guarantees signal delivery using its own in-house designed radio transceivers. The network uses DSSS technology, which does not rely on any other format, such as GSM, to communicate. DSSS cannot be jammed and has four signal acknowledgement stages to ensure that all signals are delivered to respective recipients. Furthermore it is designed to transmit out of difficult RF noisy areas and can penetrate through concrete, making it ideal for city, retail and financial institution environments.

Ctrack currently boasts a stolen vehicle tracking and recovery rate of over 90%, making it a valuable risk mitigation partner to individual consumers and companies wanting to manage assets and personal risk. Ctrack specialises in the research, design, development, manufacturing, sales and support of technologically advanced GPS/GSM fleet management and vehicle tracking with range of products based on the latest location methods. Ctrack works in partnership with its customers to develop solutions that deliver measurable business and operational benefits by providing total visibility and control of mobile workforces. Ctrack offers a range of unique solutions for Fleet Management, Asset Tracking, Transport or Workforce Tracking and continuously monitors that each unit is fully functional.

According to Clinton, VixNet is progressively expanding into new data communications markets with national business partners and manufacturers. VixNet also continues to expand on its range of products, including transceivers, a new range of radios with a lower network cost for the alarm security market, as well as enhanced software options that allow customers to manage their alarm systems more efficiently.

This new jamming detection solution will include many of Ctrack’s other product advantages including, direct contact to vehicle drivers, notification of the driver entering a high-risk area and notifying the company immediately of any incident that may have taken place.

“We look forward to rolling out this new partnership with Ctrack over the next year,” says Clinton, “And trust wholeheartedly that customers will appreciate this proactive approach, which provides even greater asset risk protection,” he concluded.