News and Events
|TRACKING SYSTEMS AND CELLULAR JAMMING: AN EXPLANATION|
All vehicle tracking systems send data messages to a computer. These messages are transmitted on either a privately licenced radio frequency, or on the GSM frequency. These two classes of devices are generally referred to as “RF” devices, or “GSM” devices. RF devices are limited in the amount of data they can transmit, and are best suited to recovering vehicles. In contrast, GSM devices are able to deliver more data, and many of these have GPS functionality and provide accurate positioning and speed information. In addition to vehicle recovery, these GSM/GPS devices offer features such as trip reporting, positioning information on mobile phones, SARS logbook, detailed fleet management information, driver-behaviour information, and accident detection and reporting. RF devices do not have the wider functionality of GSM devices. Altech Netstar offers a selection of devices, both RF and GSM based. Any radio frequency can be interfered with, or jammed. To achieve this, the jamming device used would need to transmit the jamming signal on the radio frequency to be jammed. GSM jammers are designed to specifically block cell phone connections, and these units can thus jam a GSM tracking device. Once the jammer is switched off, the GSM tracking system’s functionality is restored. GSM jammers cannot interfere with Altech Netstar RF tracking devices, because these RF devices do not use the GSM frequency. They use a completely different frequency licenced exclusively to Altech Netstar. We wish to assure our subscribers that in our experience GSM jammers are not widely used by car thieves, and have not impacted on our recovery capability. However we do offer high security upgrades for additional peace of mind. Further information on this can be obtained by calling 0860-12-24-36. Consumer Products “RF” units ~ Sleuth ~ Early Warning System “GSM” units ~ Sleuth Plus ~ Cyber-Sleuth Supreme ~ Boomerang
20 April 2013
|Launch of the new Altech Netstar 94.7 Ground Patrol|
The launch of the new Altech Netstar 94.7 Ground Patrol, powered by the Chevrolet Trailblazer took place on Monday, 26 November 2012. Signing off on a 12 month deal, official sponsor Altech Netstar are very excited to be a part of this new partnership with 94.7 Highveld Stereo and vehicle sponsor Chevrolet. Harry Louw, Managing Director at Altech Netstar expressed his delight at the launch. “Being a part of a 94.7 Highveld Stereo campaign is always a privilege for us.” said Harry.
27 November 2012
|mapIT and Altech Netstar join forces again for the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge
mapIT, together with 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Altech Netstar, are pleased to announce the launch of the online Interactive Map, Route Maps, Race Profiles and Mobi Site for the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge. The race will take place on Sunday, 18 November 2012 through the streets of Johannesburg and Altech Netstar will be providing tracking of over 100 route vehicles, as well as riders supporting various charities. The race is aptly named the toughest race in Johannesburg and is renowned for the large crowd that it draws year after year.
16 November 2012
|ALTECH NETSTAR ANNOUNCES B-BBEE LEVEL 2 STATUS|
Following its annual Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment verification by NERA (the National Empowerment Rating Agency), Altech Netstar has improved its position to that of a Level Two contributor, with value added supplier status. It previously enjoyed a Level Three contributor position.
17 July 2012
|ALTECH GROUP WELCOMES CONCOURT RULING ON ALTECH NETSTAR|
Craig Venter, Altech Group CEO, has welcomed the Constitutional Court of South Africa’s decision to dismiss the application for leave to appeal by the Competition Commission of South Africa and Tracetec (Pty) Ltd against Altech Netstar and others. In its finding the Constitutional Court indicated that it had considered the application for leave to appeal and had concluded that the application should be dismissed as there were no prospects of success. As such, it issued an order that the application for leave to appeal be dismissed with costs.
26 June 2012
|Altech Netstar Triumphs as Supreme Court of Appeal Dismisses Competition Commission and Tracetec Appeal|
The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa has dismissed, with costs, applications of both the Competition Commission of South Africa and Tracetec (Pty) Ltd against Altech Netstar. The ruling comes in the wake of a protracted legal battle between the Competition Commission and Altech Netstar following a complaint of anti-competitive behaviour by Tracetec against Altech Netstar in February 2005.
2 April 2012
|Car Thieves in George Beware|
The George Herald has reported that thieves operational in the Kleinkrantz area of George were foiled on Wednesday 30 November 2011, when a stolen vehicle was recovered by Altech Netstar air and ground recovery crews.
9 December 2011
|FOUR ARRESTED FOR CORRUPTION NOT ALTECH NETSTAR EMPLOYEES|
Altech Netstar wishes to correct a statement released by the Metro Police on 23rd June. The facts are that four employees from a company outsourced to carry out ground recovery services for Altech Netstar were arrested yesterday. An Altech Netstar subscriber’s vehicle was reported stolen on Wednesday 22nd June, and successfully tracked and recovered by air and ground recovery crews within a few hours and returned to the owner.
24 June 2011
|Altech Netstar Triumphs at Competition Appeal Court|
The Competition Appeal Court of South Africa has upheld an appeal by Altech Netstar against the Competition Tribunal’s finding that it had committed a prohibited practice. The Competition Appeal Court set aside the Competition Tribunal’s finding and the finding was dismissed with costs. The appeal was lodged in response to the Tribunal’s findings, published on 19 April 2010, that Altech Netstar, along with three other respondents, was guilty of anti-competitive behaviour.
17 February 2011
|Altech Netstar Appeals Competition Tribunal Finding|
Altech Netstar Media Release Altech Netstar has lodged an appeal with The Competition Appeal Court of South Africa against the findings of the Competition Tribunal that it committed a prohibited practice. The Competition Tribunal findings were published on 19 April 2010.
14 May 2010