How to activate a cashbox?
When selecting a cashbox for your CIT operations, it is – amongst others – important to consider how the cashbox can be activated. It is important that a cashbox works flawlessly and pleasantly for your officers. After all, in most cases no attacks take place. But once an attack occurs, immediate and irrevocable activation is paramount.
A good cashbox has sensors that detect unauthorized opening (breaking, grinding, ramming, immersion), whereafter the box activates. When selecting a cashbox, it is important to consider which sensors are used and how they can be configured. The trick is to configure these sensors in such a way that they do not send an activation signal in daily (clumsy) use. In addition to activation by sensors (in the event of sabotage), cashboxes can also be intentionally activated.
1. Passive, timer based
Many cashboxes have a (programmable) countdown timer that starts running as soon as the officer leaves for the customer location. If the officer has not arrived at the location within the set time or has returned to the vehicle, the cashbox is automatically activated.
2. Active, from the vehicle
Also, a wireless activation signal can be sent from the armored vehicle. This can be done, for example, via radio waves on an encrypted frequency. If an officer is robbed, he hands over the cashbox to the criminal. As soon as the criminal has left with his “loot”, the officer notifies the driver that he has been robbed and the suitcase can be activated from the vehicle.
3. Active, from a control room
Instead of equipping the vehicle with a medium-range activation module, a cashbox can also be activated from a central control room, via a secure 4G or 5G satellite. This way, the distance from the box to the activation mechanism is no longer an obstacle and the costs per vehicle are lower. Moreover, in this case, Track & Trace functionality can easily be added to the cashbox.