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The Motor Vehicle Security Association of South Africa

The Motor Vehicle Security Association of South Africa (VESA) supports the industry as a non-profit organisation, representing its members through the test and approval of telematics and other vehicle security products such as Alarm/Immobilisers, Gearlocks, Wheel Locks, Microdotting and much more. The approval is done against published standards and is monitored for total service delivery against said standards. Through contacts and representation to the representative insurance associations, insurers, brokers and interested financial intermediaries, VESA supports the industry through the management, monitoring and reporting of the status of service delivery of these products and services.

With vast numbers of product options and offerings, the end user in South Africa can easily be overwhelmed by many sales offers from the security industry. Numerous “grey” imports and some locally manufactured security products, not meeting stated requirements and services may be on offer. In the telematics environment, over 200 tracking and or fleet management solutions are on offer. Many of these products do not meet acceptable standards in the design or reliability, or in the standards of fitment to vehicles. Products that meet the technical standards in design and production, has to be supported with the needed total service offering, including customer support or call centers and recovery support for stolen or vehicles jeopardized, to conform to accepted standards.

Vehicles being “lost” through use of non-conforming products
A growing number of products in the retail market, being fitted in vehicles are not meeting any industry approved set of standards in electrical and environmental specification. Such products in essence cannot be confirmed for reliably or may not be fit for purpose. In some cases certain products simply cannot be reliably tracked and the vehicle owner may be unaware that his system is not delivering the needed performance. Often users learn of malfunctions only when contacted by the supplier to have the unit replaced, which may happen only after testing was required through some unwanted, or unscheduled situation. The automotive vehicle, in our climate, poses in a very harsh environment and for this very reason stringent electrical and EMC and environmental specifications and standards have been adopted by all motor vehicle manufacturers (OEM’s) to ensure products fitted to motor vehicles are reliable and will both continue to operate while installed into the vehicle and will also not adversely affect the functionality of other systems in the vehicle.

Unfortunately, VESA has identified a number of devices, including some MP3 players, without ICASA approval, which transmit in various frequency bands, that has been found to affect the GPS positioning and data transmission from tracking devices across the industry. It has been noted that this is a known problem across the industry and VESA is currently addressing this problem with ICASA. All VESA Approved Telematics products provides for the highest level possible in security by the required inclusion of data encryption. Sadly oversaturation of frequency bands, with high amplitude signals in the correct frequency band, would still be able to illegally cause jamming.
VESA works hand in hand with the SABS towards setting acceptable standards and service definitions. VESA through a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with SABS is driving the writing of a Fleet Tracking specification. The Chairman of VESA Philip Bromley is Chairing the SANS535 committee who is tasked with drafting the specification. (This specification is expected to be circulated for public approval later this year with formal publishing once public comment has been received.)

Please view Product Suppliers/Products under - ABS - ABS Approved Equipment as changes occur to the lists on a regular basis.

For more information, contact:
Adri Smit