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Personal tracker to be made in Korea

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    Quiktrak to be made in Korea
    Tessa Denton AustralianIT
    SEPTEMBER 03, 2002
    QUIKTRAK Networks, the car-tracking nemesis of ramraiders and joyriders, is shifting manufacturing of its new personal security device to Korea.

    Kaitel, owned by Kaicom of Korea, has been licensed to make the personal devices, based on a small version of the tracker module used in Quiktrak's anti-car theft devices.

    Quiktrak's Adelaide-based research and development team designed the new component, which has evolved from the 400MHz frequency tracking system installed in most Porsches and other vehicles that are often stolen.

    Quiktrak chief executive Vic Opperman said the agreement with Kaitel included rights to make and distribute the tracking system in Korea.

    The main customers would be Seoul bus companies and vending machine companies, rather than individual car owners, he said.

    "There are about three million vending machines in Korea - and they do get stolen - but tracking is mainly needed for restocking purposes," he said

    Mr Opperman said Quiktrak wanted to focus on global licensing and marketing of its products, not manufacturing, which was not its core business.

    The new personal security device, the QT6010, was going to be tested first by London's Metropolitan Police force in October.

    The hand-sized devices would be available in Australia in March for $950.

    "Police, bicycle couriers, visiting nurses - people who work alone - will be able to use the device for paging, location tracking and to call for assistance," Mr Opperman said.

    The small transponder, less than 5mm thick, meant Quiktrak's tracking services could be sewn into protective clothing or fitted into communication devices - such as mobile phones - that could not provide the same accurate location-fixing function.

    The device's batteries would last about as long as those of mobile phones. "The QT6010, using triple-A batteries, will last for 75 hours on standby, and the next version using mobile-phone-type batteries will last a week," he said.
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