BRUSSELS, Belgium — WABCO Holdings has introduced Trailer Immobilizer, a security innovation that the company said significantly increased protection against trailer theft as an additional function in the company’s trailer electronic braking system (EBS).
The introduction of Trailer Immobilizer continues WABCO’s 11-year track record of technology leadership in EBS for trailers, according to Nick Rens, WABCO vice president of aftermarket and trailer systems.
WABCO Trailer Immobilizer is an electronic system with high security that blocks the wheels of a parked trailer to help prevent theft or unauthorized use, Rens said, noting that the device safeguards against manipulation and also increases security and safety when the trailer is parked on a slope.
The driver activates Trailer Immobilizer by entering a PIN code via SmartBoard, an easy-to-use control box that graphically displays the trailer’s critical real-time operating information in a choice of 15 different languages.
WABCO Trailer Immobilizer is the commercial vehicle industry’s first trailer immobilizer system integrated with the vehicle’s electronic braking system, Rens said.
It is featured on the E1.5 version of the company’s Trailer EBS E generation, marking the latest innovation in WABCO’s industry-leading Trailer EBS series that was launched in 1998.
As of 2009, WABCO has sold more than 900,000 trailer electronic braking systems worldwide.
“As the number of trailer thefts nearly doubles year on year, fleet owners and operators face sharply rising costs and major business disruption due to stolen vehicles, theft of valuable cargo, and damage and accidents due to manipulation by unauthorized persons,” Rens said. “WABCO Trailer Immobilizer technology demonstrates our passion to help transport professionals continuously improve their vehicles’ security and safety while further protecting their profitability.”
Trailer EBS Version E1.5 continues to feature previously released roll stability support (RSS) and an operating data recorder that registers the trailer’s technical data much like an airplane’s black box, as well as optional functions such as OptiLoad, OptiTurn, Tilt Alert and Bounce Control.
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