DALLAS - A new wireless tracking device has been designed to keep tabs on vehicles and equipment using data delivered across AT&T's wireless network. American Security Logistics (ASL) and AT&T announced the availability of the device, called the IZZ, which debuted at the recent Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.

According to the companies, the IZZ device responds real-time to requests to locate commercial or privately-owned vehicles and equipment, and is also capable of facilitating emergency response with 911 services. Installed in a concealed location, the tracking device includes a battery that continues to function when the power source is cut. The IZZ will retail for $ 289. Customers are charged for data location and recovery only when the location services are required, meaning no monthly recurring charges.

To support the device, ASL has also launched an Emergency Response Center (ERC) which provides relevant location information to a vehicle's owner upon request, using spatial data and location based services. Vehicle and equipment owners also have the option to establish customizable footprints and request automatic alerts if property leaves a pre-established boundary.  

ASL developed the IZZ in association with Enviromatix, Inc., an application service provider focused on fleet management and mobile workforce logistics. ASL's Emergency Response Center Staff are trained to help locate lost property and assist in the recovery by using software integrated with a national GPS 911 system. The device transmits location data across AT&T's wireless network, providing both the property owner and local law enforcement with timely data. In addition, a unique URL can be forwarded to local law enforcement so they may track stolen property in real-time.

"This is a great solution for property owners who need to monitor vehicles or equipment throughout the transit process," said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices, AT&T. "Imagine an automotive manufacturer ships a fleet of vehicles to a dealership, and in the process one goes missing. Equipped with an IZZ, the manufacturer can track down and recover that missing vehicle."

Additional information is available at www.i-zz.com.


Originally posted on Automotive Fleet