Cargo theft prevention using smart locks

IoT project of the year 2021

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In Mexico, transport operators often face the problem of cargo frauds and thefts committed on the roads. To avoid them, Transportes Alba, a small family business that is involved in transportation sportswear, contacted the Wialon partner in Latin America, Skypatrol, and asked for the solution that would allow them to:

  • keep cargo safe during the transit;
  • prevent employees from stealing the cargo or helping gang members do it.  


The solution uses the tracker developed by the partner and an electronic lock embedded into the vehicle’s door. The lock is connected to the partner’s tracking device, which in its turn is connected to Wialon. 

The customer uses Wialon to see the location of their vehicles. The platform is also used to send a command to lock or unlock the door. 

The biometric scanning mobile app gets the person’s face scanned, and if the face is in the list of allowed ones, the mobile app makes an API request to Wialon to send a command to unlock the lock. So the solution enables the customer to authorize specific staff to open their vehicles and facilities. The company also receives a photo of the employee’s face, the accurate position, date and time when the truck was open.


There are plenty of new options for this solution around the corner: driver ID usage, ignition control, etc. The company also wants to make the solution scalable and offer it to carsharing companies, rental car businesses, and others.


The implemented solution guarantees cargo theft prevention by both company employees and criminals. The electronic lock plus biometric scanning is one of the best options that the customer could get to control their cargo safety.

Theft prevention

The customer controls the entire operation making sure that only authorized employees are handling the cargo.

Improved security

The combination of the tracker, biometric scanning, remote lock control, lock operation data records, and location control is offering protection from more theft scenarios.

Proof of delivery

The company is getting all the information and photos confirming that its clients received the shipments.


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Company profile

Country: Mexico
IoT project of the year nomination: Long-haul shipping
Industry: Long-haul transportation
Monitoring unit: Freight vehicle

Implemented products

Wialon Hosting

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