The story of an impressive development by a company here in Youghal on the East Cork coastline, where we produce this programme….. Over the past 18 months there has been a significant increase in the number of outboard engines stolen from boats all around Ireland… According to Gardai these have been done by organised gangs.
Kevin Hennessy is an engineer and boating enthusiast who has spent four years developing a unique ‘digital padlock’ to foil thieves. He runs OUTBOARD WARDEN and also BOAT WARDEN, as he describes it – “a small Irish tech company – “ where in his premises I saw an impressive system monitoring boat security in several parts of the world….
His new system has been adopted by one of the biggest engine distributors in Britain and is this week being introduced the world’s largest marine equipment trade show in Amsterdam, METSTRADE, where over 20,000 professionals from 112 countries gather. Kevin Hennessy describes what his company has achieved …a padlock on an outboard is not easy to develop: