Antitheft always interested me almost more than the device of the car. It’s like Jules Verne’s - one character makes guns all his life piercing any armor, and the second one makes armor that is not afraid of any guns. In such competition, and, in theory, should be born elite security systems - such as "AutoLokator Super" from the company "Megapage".
Inventing yourself is much more interesting than studying ready-made. But alas, some technical solutions cannot be mastered alone. Moreover, not everyone can take advantage of them - it’s a little expensive … Therefore, the management did not arouse enthusiasm for the satisfaction of curiosity of 80 thousand rubles from the “community” money. But what if the coolest anti-theft system I know is worth exactly that much? And how to evaluate her true talents - do you want to rewrite the advertising booklet? Arguments colored with emotions were taken into account - this is how the required signature appeared in the application, and the editorial Nissan Maxima was removed from everyday running for a week - for experiments.
BEST OF THE BEST?
Conceived all cool. A dual degree of protection is provided by combined systems - satellite (GPS / GSM) and radio search. Satellite operates anywhere in the world, radio search in Moscow and the surrounding suburbs. The company has its own quick response teams that are ready to track down the adversaries who encroached on someone else’s four-wheeled property on an alarm basis - the traffic police crews help them, leaving directly for “interception”.
And yet, he would never have encroached on three thousand of state-owned “green” ones, if he had not been convinced in his heart: it cannot work normally! On paper - yes, in a television show - two times “yes”, but in practice - I do not believe it! But words are words, and evidence is needed. And now we are standing … in line for installation!
- So what do you have? Nissan? For "AutoLocator Super" - 64, 500 rubles, plus 7, 500 for installation. We dismantle your old anti-theft without fail: it’s another 1800 rubles. Monthly fee - 1830 rubles. Want to watch your car through a computer? Then another 1, 500 for connecting the service plus 540 per month. Total - 77 670 re!
The conveyor is moving famously. The next morning everything is ready - the installer gives us a car in a couple of minutes and runs off … What's so complicated: here is a keychain, here are the keys - in general, everything is okay! A jerked secretary draws up a bunch of pieces of paper with passwords and code words in case of robbery and other misfortune.
- Any questions? Happily!
Well, let's go. From Vavilova Street - straight to Balashikha, to the test laboratory of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Let's see what three thousand dollars paid for.
HAPPINESS WAS … IMPOSSIBLE?
Has risen in price by 3000 cu Nissan rustles around Vladimirka, and I mentally scroll through the minds of dozens of options for its “beautiful” hijacking. There is no doubt that the problem is solvable - any Ivashka from the radio circle will be able to put on the “muzzle” of the satellite. He knows: neither in a metal box, nor in a tunnel does this whole economy work by definition - like cell phones. The Moscow radio search system remains - its signals are more serious. But if all high-frequency cases can be defeated, then the “carriage will turn into a pumpkin”, that is, into an ordinary anti-theft from the lower price range. To neutralize it is a matter of several minutes: we wrote about this many times.
I drive "Nissan" to pass the test to emveshednikami. First, check if the system works at all. I sit behind the wheel and, without entering the code, stupidly try to start the engine - I do not want to. We look at the clock - a minute, two, three - the cellphone is silent. Yeah, squealed! I reassure the operator girl: everything is supposedly in order - I just forgot to enter the code. She agrees - yes, it does - but still pronounces a passphrase: you never know, maybe I already have a noose around my neck … I reply with a password to the password - everything is in order. Now we check the operation of the Internet location: after about five minutes we see a picture on the laptop screen - the drawn little car is located near the village of Bezmenkovo (?!). The specialists frown - it seems to be far from here - but they are not in a hurry with conclusions: we'll see. For my part, I ask you not to disturb the operators with false alarms anymore - everything needs to be done the first time. I leave the "maximum" to spend the night in the police - while everything is fine …
But the telephone ringing the next morning upset me completely.
- Come! - Major A. indifferently reports. - We were delighted - we thought it was a serious thing. And here is a kindergarten!
I get on the company website. The picture is the same as yesterday, but what is the inscription above? I quote: "… the last location from the archive is shown - the car is outside the service area or the network resources are used to track stolen cars." Have we paid little? What do I care about network resources - where is our Nissan? I rush to Balashikha …
- Well conceived! - a satisfied major confirms my guesses. - But they didn’t bring it to mind: a good anti-theft potential was reduced to zero by a mediocre installation! For example, the transmitter is activated only when you try to start the motor, and not from the sensors. And if the hijacker was quietly allowed into the car, then there’s nothing more to talk about. In addition, the siren was stuck in the most prominent place - frank hack! And blocking from theft - I want to cry: two primitive relays, and even with normally closed contacts! They don’t even have to look for them: the central block neutralized - they became useless! I don’t understand - after all, there are modern reels controlled by standard wiring. And all the blocks - here they are, in the most accessible place!
But what about all kinds of transmitters and receivers? No way … By turning on a simple “jammer”, the specialist cut down not only the satellite system, but at the same time all the cell phones and key rings around. We open the door, calmly climb under the hood and quickly plug the throat of a siren. We check the "Moscow" transmitter - it is silent! Now we quickly find all the “electronics” - the funny installer guys screwed it with electrical tape under the “dashboard": it's easier. By wiring we get to the antennas and have a bite of them. Done: the “for three bucks” system has turned into an ordinary anti-theft mounted by a single artisan anyhow. All the blocks and wires in sight: backwaters and go wherever you want …
LEARN, LEARN, LEARN …
- Yes, we prevented so many thefts! - I hear the indignant voices of the company employees. - Yes, for such anti-advertising to you … Yes, we have only gratitude from customers!
Well - may I be the first ungrateful. And I note that for decades, a typical argument in defense of a particular security system is usually this: I have been working for a hundred years - and no problems! But when asked how many times they seriously tried to steal a car, there is usually no answer: they say they have never tried, but anyway - it's a cool thing!
The AutoLocator Super system is also a “cool thing”. But in its current form, it is designed for naive buyers and absolutely dense crooks - from the category of those who are able to break glass, noticing a bright lighter in the cabin. They will be calculated, found and rendered harmless - I have no doubt! But even such "pioneers" can, if they wish, start the engine and drive to your parapet at Yauza in your car. Will you like it And if you run into a real professional - then what?
It is hardly worth explaining that the anti-theft of the highest price range means very wealthy customers with oh-so-very expensive cars. And such "cars" are rarely stolen by chance - they must be "grazed". And a good pro, who has set a goal for himself, knows perfectly well what kind of system guards this car, where they put such “toys” and what trick to expect from them. Moreover - if, for example, the "brothers" specialize in "Mercedes", then they will drive one such "Mercedes" out of their garage to establish an anti-theft: the "creative team" needs to study, study and study …
It would not hurt to do this also for those who, under the guise of elite systems, offer consumers hack-work. By the way, so far no one has asked the company why our Nissan disappeared from the locators. However, it’s enough to beat the recumbent …
LIST OF MAJOR SPECIAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO BEGINNERS OF ELITE SYSTEMS
All blocks of the system should be smoothed out as much as possible around the cabin, and not thrust into one place. The same applies to high-frequency block antennas. Ideally, multiple backup antennas should be provided.