Ford in the UK has introduced Guard Mode for commercial vehicles, a new connected-vehicle security system to monitor vans in real time via smartphone.
Guard Mode notifies owner-operators and drivers of potential security breaches through an app for commercial vehicle operators called FordPass Pro.
When activated, Guard Mode employs sensors to detect when someone enters the vehicle, opens the bonnet or load compartment, or starts the engine. It then sends a notification to the owner’s smartphone using the vehicle’s FordPass Connect modem.
The Guard Mode screens in the FordPass Pro app highlight the times the vehicle was accessed, the reason for alarms, when trigger actions happened and the vehicle’s last known location. Ford says users will also soon be able to schedule when Guard Mode is activated.
The Guard Mode feature builds on existing alarm notifications in FordPass Pro, including Trailer Theft Alert, which sends an alert if it detects an attached trailer is being unhooked while the vehicle is locked.
“Our vans help keep our customers moving and the tools inside keep them working”, said Mark Harvey, director, Enterprise Connectivity, Ford of Europe. “FordPass Pro and Guard Mode help owners protect their vehicles – and their businesses – by keeping them one step ahead of the criminals. And this is just the start. As all new vehicles now come connected, we see huge potential in developing additional security features to help our customers’ businesses thrive.”
Guard Mode is the first feature that Ford will activate with an over-the-air (OTA) software update via FordPass Connect, which is fitted as standard across the vast majority of Ford commercial vehicles.