Budget Truck's GPS System Helps Nab Thief, Return $1.5M Loot

DENVER ––- Authorities in Gainesville, Fla., recovered $1.5 million in artwork and furniture that went missing in April when a driver hired to haul the goods from Boca Raton to New York City allegedly fled with the cargo. A 24-foot Budget rental truck was hired to haul furniture, photos, sculptures and rare Milton Avery paintings. What the driver didn’t know was that the truck was equipped with a CARTASITE GPS tracking module. Authorities used the tracking technology to pinpoint the truck’s location at a trailer park near Gainesville, where they apprehended the suspect. "The irony is that Budget didn’t purchase our system as a theft recovery device," said CARTASITE CEO David Armitage. "They are utilizing it as an inventory management tool that allows them to have enough vehicles in the right location at the right time. The fact that it can also be used to handle rare situations like this is just a bonus." The web-based solution uses Microsoft software, wireless technology and GPS to monitor the location, state, and condition of remote assets, supply chains and distribution networks. Real-time alerts are issued for situations that require immediate action, but are primarily used to simply and effectively merge telematics systems, such as GPS tracking, with a company’s existing business processes.

The technology performs a number of tasks in several markets including pick-up and delivery, food and beverage distribution, truck and auto fleets, OEMs and vehicle rentals.

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