New van, box truck lock hits market

Updated May 15, 2019

National Fleet Products, a leading North American supplier of cargo lifting equipment, loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, is introducing its new remote-access UFO Cloud Lock and Vehicle Security System at the 2019 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Ind.

According to the company, the cloud-based, app-driven locking technology gives fleet managers and logistics professionals a level of security control never before available. Using the SHA256 encrypted communication protocol developed by the National Security Agency (NSA), all electronic commands and equipment communications are ultra-secure. National Fleet Products says an easy-to-use app transcends mechanical keys, allowing managers to create virtual keychains of admission that can be modified in real time.

Using the app’s dedicated dashboard, locks can be opened and closed, access permissions granted and much more, all from the manager’s remote location and wherever they have access to their phone or computer.

“With the UFO Cloud, fleet managers can monitor and record who is opening and closing a vehicle door and when and where it took place, and can even immobilize the cargo doors if needed,” says Steven Peterson, president, National Fleet Products. “Using the system’s geofencing capabilities, a vehicle’s cargo area can also be rendered inaccessible between point A and B and access can also be granted exclusively to cargo recipients, or at designated destination points.”

The company says the system’s tool tagging feature is particularly relevant to work truck applications and anywhere tools and equipment are regularly transported in and deployed from a vehicle. Not only can managers confirm that the right tools are onboard before the truck is dispatched, they can also make sure the same tools are accounted for and loaded before the vehicle leaves the worksite.

Additionally, the system’s “Fleet Box” solution not only controls all vehicle locks, but also helps manage real keys as well. Tagged keys can be left in secure, dedicated areas inside the cab and access can be granted via the app and a QR code. Real-time van checkup is also available through use of an optional telematic device that allows fleet managers to monitor dynamic vehicle information, such as GPS position, fuel consumption, average speed and more, the company adds.

When functioning in a traditional delivery capacity, the system’s self-locking “slam-lock” feature enables workers to get in and out quickly, in contrast to padlocks and other removable locks. National Fleet Products adds the system also has an interior unlocking cable, so personnel can work in a secure vehicle if needed before exiting.

The lock’s flush-mounted design eliminates exposed flanges and hasps, and its hardened stainless steel construction and domed shape make the lock drill resistant and difficult to grip with lock-defeating tools. Its low-profile design mates with virtually any vehicle make and model, the company says.

National Fleet Products adds the system is perfect for applications on vans, service bodies and box trucks with side and rear double doors. It comes complete with an assembly kit, a video and an adhesive decal that makes precise placement and alignment simple. The kit also includes a bayonet mounting system for fast and easy installation. The entire installation process takes approximately one hour.

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