You may remember the pedal tuner with GPS tracking from several weeks back. It seemed like a practical and novel solution to gear theft, and you get a nifty pedal tuner for your rig to boot. If you’re interested in a more discreet solution, however, Los Angeles-based company, GearSecure, has announced an embedded anti-theft device that will make its debut at NAMM 2017.
According to the GearSecure website,
GearSecure bridges the gap between GPS and RFID. GPS is proven for its tracking capability (think of all those UBER rides you take), but isn’t sensitive enough to spot locate small items. RFID (think of the wrist bands you get at festivals) is sensitive for spot location, but doesn’t have extended range.
So we set out to create a solution that’s the best of both worlds.
GearSecure has managed to eliminate the need for battery power, shrinking it down to an almost unnoticeable size that can be mounted inside your instrument (potentially by a luthier at the point of production!). This means your passive gear can be tracked; no external power source is required. The company also intends to become the industry standard that law enforcement cooperates with to actually track down and recover any stolen equipment.
Frankly, I’m surprised this is the “first” of its kind. And a little bummed it wasn’t my idea. Head over to Blabbermouth to read up on GearSecure a bit more. And if you’re headed to NAMM next month, catch this thing at Booth 2382, Hall D.