SOURCE: WABCO Holdings Inc.

January 12, 2010 07:00 ET

WABCO Introduces Security Innovation in Trailer Electronic Braking System; New Immobilizer Technology Increases Protection Against Trailer Theft

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - January 12, 2010) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) [], a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today introduced Trailer Immobilizer, a security innovation that significantly increases protection against trailer theft, as an additional function in the company's trailer electronic braking system (EBS). The introduction of Trailer Immobilizer continues WABCO's 11-year track record of technology leadership in EBS for trailers.

WABCO Trailer Immobilizer is an electronic system with high security that blocks the wheels of a parked trailer to help prevent theft or unauthorized use. It safeguards against manipulation and also increases security and safety when the trailer is parked on a slope. The truck driver activates Trailer Immobilizer by entering a PIN code via SmartBoard, an easy-to-use control box that graphically displays the trailer's critical real-time operating information in a choice of 15 different languages.

WABCO Trailer Immobilizer is the commercial vehicle industry's first trailer immobilizer system integrated with the vehicle's electronic braking system. It is featured on the E1.5 version of the company's Trailer EBS E generation, marking the latest innovation in WABCO's industry-leading Trailer EBS series that was launched in 1998. As of 2009, WABCO has sold more than 900,000 trailer electronic braking systems worldwide.

"As the number of trailer thefts nearly doubles year on year, fleet owners and operators face sharply rising costs and major business disruption due to stolen vehicles, theft of valuable cargo, and damage and accidents due to manipulation by unauthorized persons," said Nick Rens, WABCO Vice President, Aftermarket and Trailer Systems. "WABCO Trailer Immobilizer technology demonstrates our passion to help transport professionals continuously improve their vehicles' security and safety while further protecting their profitability."

Trailer EBS Version E1.5 continues to feature previously released roll stability support (RSS) and an operating data recorder that registers the trailer's technical data much like an airplane's black box, as well as optional functions such as OptiLoad™, OptiTurn™, Tilt Alert™ and Bounce Control™.


WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $2.6 billion in 2008, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit

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