Case Study - Electronic Lock

The Customer

An India-headquartered group of companies having 15 business lines. A highly trusted, more than a century old brand in locking and security solutions.

THE PROBLEM

The customer did not have established presence in the digital locks market.

THE ANALYSIS

  • Highly respected brand with good market acceptability
  • No clear roadmap leading to market leadership
  • Dependence on traded product portfolios
  • No differentiator based on product features

THE SOLUTION

  • Created a detailed roadmap of product version extending through the next 3 years
  • Developed hardware platform that can have future upgradable components and technologies
  • Incorporated access control technologies and chose vendors as per the needs
  • Working with the customer’s engineering team, setup
    • Component procurement
    • In-house manufacturing
    • Servicing infrastructure

THE OUTCOME

  • Kept products relevant through redesign
  • Ownership of product’s complete solution, including hardware, firmware, and software designs

Technology Areas

  • Secured Access Control
  • Machine Connectivity
  • User Interface
  • Product Roadmap Definition
  • Roadmap Based Platform Development

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Elock

Hardware

  • A total of 5 PCBs – all double sided PTH
  • Schematics, BOM, Layouts & Gerbers: PADS from Mentor Graphics
  • Microcontroller: STM32L4 series 32-bit Low Power ARM Cortex M4 core MCU
  • CapSense: Cypress dedicated controller
  • WiFi: Qualcomm QC4004 based Module
  • Fingerprint sensor module - FingerPrint Cards AB

Firmware

  • Code in C
  • IDE: System Workbench for STM32 - AC6

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