Pandora is a car alarm brand that claims a 25 percent market share in Russia. It is now available in Europe and is starting to enter the US.
Developed and produced in Russia since 2004, its security systems are being test marketed at a few US dealers. The company hopes to open a US office and eventually work with a few leading dealers in each state, it said.
Pandora says it provides a number of advances in security with more anti-theft and wireless features and smartphone-as-key capability.
The line includes wireless immobilizers and immobilizers for many functions including starter cuts, ignition cuts, fuel cuts, push/start buttons (ideal for hybrid/electric vehicles with no ignition or starter cuts). It can also immobilize the ODB2 port itself. Wireless immobilizers eliminate the need for installers to run wires and they make it harder for thieves to trace and locate the immobilizer.
Pandora’s D104 immobilizer bypass unit lets you use your phone as your car key. You remove the PCB board from your car key and slide it into the wireless bypass module that is then installed in the car. A video demo may be seen here. Your phone, paired over Bluetooth LoRa, then becomes your car key.
The DI04 is typically used for push button vehicles, and there is a DI02 module for turn keys and DI03 for either.
All systems work with optional remote start and car tracking is also available.
Pandora systems use long range remotes with LoRa techology. The customer can also use their factory remote to arm/disarm the system by locking/unlocking, through the use of transponder tags.
These tags also offer anti hijack features. If you were to be pulled out of the vehicle with the tag, it will shut the vehicle down safely when the thief is at distance, said Matt Hobbis, Sales Manager.
Pandora offers specially designed systems for motorcycles, motor homes as well as vehicles and it supplies advanced apps for a number of controls.
Its systems come with from 7 to 20 auxiliary channels to program and control any number of add-on functions.
The entry Mini BT has 7 auxiliary channels, the Light Pro V2 has 10 and the newer Elite has 20.
It’s newer systems have 3 CAN, offering more control over vehicle systems.
Other features include 128 bit encryption through all tags, remotes and phone applications.
Pandora does not use rolling code technology. The code expires after a minute amount of time, preventing code capture and usage.
Systems include 3 axel accelerometer sensors, allowing dual impact shock, tilt and motion sensors.