Protect Your Ford Van with New In-App Feature
Added: 04 February 2021
Whether you’re a new or existing Ford commercial owner, we understand that your vehicle and its contents are important to keep safe. That’s why we’re pleased to tell you about the new in-app security feature that will soon be available to help protect them.
Ford have introduced a new in-app security system, called Guard Mode, to help both new and existing customers monitor their vans in real time.
Guard Mode notifies drivers via their smartphone through the FordPass Pro app when potential breaches in security occur.
When this feature is activated, it triggers sensors to detect when anybody enters the vehicle, opens the bonnet or load compartment, or starts the engine. In turn, a notification is sent to the owner’s smartphone using the vehicle’s FordPass Connect modem.
An alert will also be triggered if a vehicle is unlocked or started using a key – an action that would not activate a conventional vehicle alarm and may be useful after a key has been stolen or cloned. This adds to existing security features on the FordPass Pro app, including Trailer Theft Alert, which sends an alert if it detects an attached trailer is being unhooked while the vehicle is locked.
Guard Mode will also tell owners what times the times the vehicle was accessed, the reason for alarms, when trigger actions happened and the vehicle’s last known location. Users will also soon be able to schedule when Guard Mode is activated.
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“Our vans help keep our customers moving and the tools inside keep them working”, said Mark Harvey, director, Enterprise Connectivity, Ford of Europe. “FordPass Pro and Guard Mode help owners protect their vehicles – and their businesses – by keeping them one step ahead of the criminals. And this is just the start. As all new vehicles now come connected, we see huge potential in developing additional security features to help our customers’ businesses thrive.”
Guard Mode is the first feature that Ford will activate with an over-the-air software update and will be progressively rolled out across the vehicle line up. These updates will use FordPass Connect, which is now fitted as standard across most Ford commercial vehicles.
FordPass Pro helps owners manage and control up to five vehicles, ensuring their fleet is ready for work with maximum uptime. Features include “Live Lock” status, which enables users to check all vehicle doors are locked at a glance, and lock or unlock doors remotely, and Remote Zonal Locking, which controls the cabin and load doors separately, allowing someone access to the cabin while keeping the load compartment secure.