According to a recent survey conducted by Women In Trucking (WIT), over 60% of female truck drivers felt unsafe at least once in the past year. About 20% said they had been threatened with a weapon and, on a scale of 1 to 10, the women rated the feeling of safety in their job at only 4.4. Much of this relates to risks such as truck stop security, where security can be poor and vehicles can be vulnerable to entry.
Cybersecurity company Irdeto developed Keystone to address the core of these issues by providing fleet managers and truck drivers with a turnkey solution for keyless vehicle operation. It is an authorization-based digital vehicle key solution that leverages Bluetooth technology to enable proximity-based vehicle access using a smartphone. The solution allows the fleet manager to control when and how drivers and support functions can access and drive vehicles in a fleet. Leveraging proximity wireless technologies, Keystone can detect the approach of an authorized driver and begin preconditioning with the vehicle even before the driver reaches it, according to a company press release.
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Female drivers often rely on each other to learn realistic ways to prevent dangerous situations, and that includes taking extra precautions to protect themselves on the road. For example, women often avoid parking in the back rows of truck stops to avoid walking long distances across the lot alone, as these are places with significant security threats. It is common knowledge that many truck keys can open more than one truck, leaving women vulnerable during much-needed breaks. By eliminating the need for a key, only someone authorized to open the truck and with the correct digital permissions on mobile will be able to do so.
“Our mission to minimize barriers includes addressing the issue of personal safety. Irdeto’s keyless entry product keeps the driver safe from intruders by restricting access to the cab and starting the engine only to authorized individuals,” said Ellen Voie, CEO of Women In Trucking.
“Women are looking for a transporter who cares about their personal safety on the road as well as the proper maintenance of tractors and trailers. We believe that the large-scale implementation of Keystone will bring more security to the industry and therefore encourage more women to pursue careers as drivers,” said Niels Haverkorn, SVP and Managing Director of Connected Transport at Irdeto.
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