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Jul 26
Porsche Cayenne trafficked in Irak recovered thanks to team work from Turkish and Dutch SOCs

On the 25th September 2012 a leasing company contacted MPL, the Cobra SOC in the Netherlands.
They told the operator that one of their cars, a 3-month old Porsche Cayenne, leased to one of their customers, had not been returned to the leasing company and the customer who initially paid the leasing fees at some point stopped paying and was unreachable.

The operator told them to report the missing car with the Police so as enable the SOC to initiate a voluntary theft procedure. The vehicle was then located quickly and easily.. it had left the country and was now in Iraq. As Iraq is not part of the countries covered by the Cobra network of SOCs, the Dutch SOC could not start a recovery procedure and get in touch with police authorities. The vehicle was kept under long-term observation and the operator set a geo-fence on the Iraqi borders.

On the 30th June 2013, after 9 months of daily use in Iraq, the car finally crossed the border with Turkey.
The SOC immediately received a signal from the geo-fence set in the Cobra web application and this gave them a chance to get it back. They continued to monitor the vehicle movements and informed Liscon International, the new Cobra partner  in Turkey, who then contacted the local Police authorities.
The car was driving close to the Syrian border, just north from the city of Aleppo. The Turkish Police was able to stop the vehicle by following the indications provided by the Turkish SOC.
The car had been equipped with Syrian license plates and was driving around with 3 Iraqi passengers.
They claimed to have purchased the car in Iraq, which was probably true.
Shortly after, the car was taken to a secured area from the Turkish police and then recovered by the Dutch leasing company. The customer was very impressed with the level of competence provided by the Cobra network.

Jul 23
New Secure Operating Center in Turkey

We are pleased to welcome a new partner in the network of Cobra Secure Operating Centers. Liscon International is a well established company who has been serving for more than 12 years various customer segments on the Turkish territory. Through a partnership with public security forces and a comprehensive experience in security and vehicle tracking, Liscon International offers a wide range of services including: Manned guarding, executive protection, logistics security, alarm monitoring and response, security survey/risk analysis, investigation, security and safety training.

Jul 19
Cobra UK launches new product range for vehicle fleets

Cobra UK has launched Cobra Asset Control, three new and innovative products for the fleet vehicle tracking market designed to help leasing, rental and fleet managers control assets.
Cobra Asset Control, Cobra Asset Control Plus and Cobra Asset Control Lockdown will support car, van and truck fleets to control the costs and manage risks associated with owning or operating business vehicles. The unique feature of all three solutions is eFNOL (electronic First Notification of Loss), a crash alert facility which sends an automatic email or text alert to pre agreed contacts in the event of an accident, giving the vehicle details, time and location of the incident.
Each system also has as standard 24/7 coverage local language support across Europe and Russia, Web Locate vehicle positioning and the ability to be fully transferred to another vehicle, ideal for high churn daily rental, dealer demonstrator and press fleets.
Optional features as the range progresses include mileage reporting, theft tracking on demand, speed alerts, a geofence alert which triggers when a vehicle leaves a pre-defined area, and lockdown which enables the remote immobilisation of a vehicle's engine.
Cobra Asset Control has been developed specifically for leasing companies, rental companies and fleet managers to focus on asset location, residual value protection, vehicle protection and repatriation, Duty of Care, accident alerts and proactive driver, expenses and mileage management.