C.A.T.S.eye – Bond-style gadget set to reduce gadget theft
Probably the kind of gadget you’d expect to see in a spy flick rather than the high street, the C.A.T.S.eye is a matchbox-sized tracking device that can be fitted into most items of value, making sure you know where it is at all times.
It’s already had the police seal of approval – one force claims its used led to a 14% reduction on ‘theft from vehicle’ related crime in just one month. The unit uses GPS technology, combined with GSM and Radio Frequency (RF) to pinpoint the location of its host via the internet. So if your lapptop goes walkabout – you know where it’s walked to.
According to C.A.T.S.eye’s managing director, Lee Walkey: “While most existing tracking systems use GPS and GSM to locate their positions, the C.A.T.S.eye unit uses a combination of three technologies to significantly improve the chances of recovery. For example, the C.A.T.S.eye prioritises its GPS data when it is available but then it can also use its GSM and RF technologies to fall back upon when GPS is not available, i.e. when the asset is taken into a building or vehicle. This is invaluable when your lost or stolen asset is the size of a laptop or handbag. This then enables police or security personnel to home in its signal from up to 500m away to make the recovery.”
It should be in stores early next year, retailing for £249.