Security box
The use of a 16-bit microprocessor coupled with a contactless programmable smart card to fit the new money transport legislation’s requests
Technologies used
Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    31 Manufacture of electrical equipment
Braintronic is a 10 years old Belgian SME located in Brabant Wallon. It is specialised in electronic design (NACE code 31). Its main business areas are security (with different security boxes), electronic subcontracting and home automation (with the "Centrale Cardio” system). It employs 6 persons among whom one electronics engineer. This last person was hired at the beginning of the project in order to achieve it and to ensure the knowledge transfer. Before the project, the microelectronic experience of the company was limited to the use of discrete components in non-complex PCB.

The aim of the company’s application experiment is to improve the reliability of its security transport box in order to satisfy the customer’s needs. The PCB which was used in the previous version of the security box has been replaced by a 16-bit microprocessor coupled with the use of a contactless smart card. This new securisation system is more reliable and more flexible than the old one. Furthermore, it has been designed to be in total accordance with the new Belgian legislation on money transport.

This project began on September 1997 and lasted for 12 months. The total budget allowed by the EC was 52 KEuro. The payback period of the project is estimated to 2 years. Braintronic hopes a return on investment of approx. 233 %.

This AE can be interesting for companies working in the security industry or for companies interested in the microprocessor technology coupled with the use of a contactless smart card.

Keywords : microprocessor, contactless smart card, security box, money transport, banking watch dog, alarm, safety, infrared communication, security transport.
Chaussée de Tubize, 455
B-1420 Braine-l’Alleud

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