Keytroller, LLC, Tampa, Fla., introduces a new 215 generation Start-Smart keypad ignition system designed for the tough outdoor conditions found in construction equipment, forklifts, cranes and personel carriers. Start-Smart replaces the ignition key with a sealed and potted keypad and electronics. No keys means no unauthorized persons, no untrained operators, and no unknown contractors “borrowing” equipment. The device is available with code or RFID card enabling configurations. To operate the Start-Smart system, the user simply inputs his/her code or flash RFID card, and the device illuminates green if accepted.
The user then presses the Start button to start an engine, and presses Stop to stop the operation. The system is also available in an anti-theft version which includes a wireless relay hidden in the ignition, starter or fuel pump circuit. When a driver enters his code, it enables the wireless relay and the circuit it is hidden in; he then presses Start to start the engine. Without first enabling the hidden wireless relay, a thief cannot “hot-wire” the vehicle, so he will give up and move on to easier prey.
The device is available in a manually programmed version or with USB connection for programming users in/out from a PC data base. The USB version can set expiration dates for recurrent training or rental yards. It will also store all start/stop time-/date-stamped events to evaluate usage trends by machine or driver. Programming and downloading can be done from a laptop or a Bluetooth wireless radio option.
The device’s small-profile 3.5” x 3” rugged metal enclosure fits easily to any machine’s dashboard and has no exposed cables, and its dual relay module connects to an ignition switch for easy installation. It can be easily retrofitted to any internal combustion or electric vehicle.