An Intelligent Security Post
Microcontroller for parking control
|Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
||Mechanical Product Design
Frogability Limited is a young, expanding company specialising
in the design, manufacture and supply of remotely operated, motorised
security products for the domestic and commercial market. The Frogability
Post is one of the company's main products, and is a road mounted security
post designed to prevent vehicle theft and unauthorised car parking. The
simple control offered by the current electromechanical relay technology
used in this product introduces several disadvantages in terms of the
The objective of this application experiment is to integrate microcontroller
technology into the Security Post to enable the inclusion of the following
1. Automatic detection of obstructions to the post during opening or closing
operations, so as to meet emerging legislation in many foreign markets,
and to reduce the damage potential to the user or to vehicles.
2. Expand the number of transmitters able to operate the Security Post
to allow family or business use of the Security Post, and to add extra
security features for the radio control link not available with commercial
3. Provide detection facilities for intruder detection and low battery
charge states, and warn the user using audible and visual alarms.
The improvements have enabled the continued sales of the product in export
markets, and are facilitating export sales to the USA. Furthermore, the
application experiment has resulted in a significant and sustained increment
in the company's technical and management capabilities that will be utilised
in the re-development of other products to meet emerging customer and
legal requirements. The company learned valuable lessons in the management
of electronic design work programmes, especially in the area of subcontractor
The FUSE programme funded the development cost to prototype stage for
the improved Security Post. This cost was 41,000 ECU, and the development
activity took 8 months from the start date of 29th. October 1996.
The product improvements realised increased sales resulting in a payback
period of 8.5 months for the development costs incurred. The return on
investment (ROI) over the product lifetime, which is assumed to be four
years before the product must be upgraded, is at least 450%.
5 The Courtyard
D'arcy Business Park
Neath SA10 6EJ
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Microcontroller technology provided Frogability Ltd with the means of
improving its products and enhancing its market position. You can also
achieve significant benefits by acquiring the right microelectronics technology
and utilising it in your product or manufacturing process. You can get
help from FUSE to realise this.
FUSE is a technology transfer programme, funded by the European Commission to stimulate the wider use of microelectronics technologies by European enterprises to increase their competitiveness and enhance their economic growth. The demonstrator described here is one of many examples in the public FUSE portfolio covering the whole spectrum of microelectronics technologies and spanning a wide range of applications and industry sectors.
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