Dubbed M5K, a new asset control system from MAGTEC Products Inc. incorporates two new proprietary security technologies. Acceleration control technology (ACT) is designed to let dispatchers and fleet managers remotely and safely shut down a vehicle by slowly reducing the vehicle's speed in preset increments. The passive unattended idle protect system (UIP) was developed to secure a vehicle and prevent normal operation until proper driver authentication has been provided via a numeric keypad. It is also designed to engage without driver intervention on a vehicle left unattended and idling.

One of the first trucking industry suppliers to integrate with MAGTEC's new M5K onboard vehicle security device will be Qualcomm, Inc. The wireless applications and services company announced that it is currently testing a new web-based vehicle security and driver management tool called Vehicle Command and Control. The new tool will allow MAGTEC's M5K to provide driver and vehicle management functionality, including the over-the-air vehicle disabling function, using Qualcomm's OmniTRACS mobile communications solution. Commercial release is anticipated this summer. Dispatchers will use the system by accessing a secure website, hosted by Qualcomm.

“Qualcomm and MAGTEC are committed to enhancing the security of trucks, trailers and cargos for the transportation industry,” said Norm Ellis, vp and general manager of transportation and logistics for Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. “We specifically designed Vehicle Command and Control to allow dispatch operators to remotely manage driver access and control the parameters of their equipment.”