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Tokio Marine, Omron Develop Anti-Theft Car Security System Using Cell Phone

Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. and Omron Corp. have developed an anti-theft car security system which can be operated by the owner’s cellular phone.

They plan to commercialize the system by the spring of 2002.

The equipment for the system will be set around $250 USD and its monthly fee at $9 USD or less, with the aim of wide penetration.

Omron expects that owners of 1-2 million RV vehicles and luxury cars, prone to be the target of car thief groups, will be the center of the system’s penetration among the 50 million cars in Japan. The system is available to customers who do not have any contracts with Tokio Marine.

This system operates using a car-mounted device with a GPS antenna, and it has function to send data using a packet communication service, DoPa, provided by NTT DoCoMo Inc. According to Omron, the equipment in the photo is a prototype, which at the time of commercialization will be half the size so that thief groups will not be able to find it easily. The system collects information from the sensor and sends it to Omron’s monitor center, called “M2M (pronounced man-to-man) center,” with the information from the GPS.

When thieves open car doors after the anti-theft car system is in operation, the monitor center will send an e-mail to the car owner’s cellular phone. Additionally, when thieves start the engine, the horn will sound many times.

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