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New Secure Push-to-Start Technology for Preventing Car Theft from Relay Attacks

New Secure Push-to-Start Technology for Preventing Car Theft from Relay Attacks

[SEATTLE, WA, February 22, 2024] – Firstech, the makers of Compustar and DroneMobile, is excited to announce the release of the SPTS-U, a universal security accessory for preventing car theft from relay attacks.

With the rising popularity of push-to-start ignitions, car thieves across North America are exploiting a vulnerability with these vehicles through “relay attacks”. These attacks involve amplifying the factory key’s signal to the vehicle to unlock the doors and drive the vehicle away. Security experts estimate that 96% of vehicles with push-to-start ignitions are vulnerable to these attacks.

Firstech’s new SPTS-U accessory, also known as “Secure Push-to-Start”, directly blocks relay attacks by deactivating the push-to-start button until the driver is authenticated. Authentication can only be performed by disarming the alarm with an aftermarket remote (such as Compustar) or DroneMobile App.

This universal accessory, compatible with all Firstech alarms, can be installed on any vehicle with a push-to-start ignition system. It includes a compact module with integrated relays, eliminating the need for relay hardwiring to the ignition system.

“We are proud to offer a simple but effective solution to a modern problem,” shares Firstech’s Technical Support Manager, Wade Beebe. “This small accessory presents a big upsell opportunity for all of our dealers in markets dealing with car theft.”

The SPTS-U (part #: FTI-SPTS-U-5PK) is available in a 5-pack on and authorized Firstech distributors. The MSRP per item is $49.99.

About Firstech:
Firstech is a connected car company from Seattle, Washington that creates solutions for enhancing driver safety, comfort, and convenience. The company’s main brands include Compustar, DroneMobile, and Momento.Stay updated on the latest news from Firstech, LLC by visiting

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