Security access systems (iEVO)

Shawn Oakes, Managing Director - iEvo Ltd

Richard Parker - e3design Ltd

Description of concept:
iEvo, formerly UKB International, was established to design and develop a biometric security system as they were unable to find a suitable existing product for the UK, European and US markets.
The biometric security system, developed by iEvo includes more desirable features and an enhanced specification enabling the company to meet their customer requirements. The product features include compact size, weather resistance, ease of installation, vandal resistance and product aesthetics.

Target Market:
iEvo Ltd aimed to include its share of the global £1.4 billion security market by developing a state of the art fingerprint reader in the UK. iEvo Ltd set a target to supply 7500 access control providers with biometric security systems in teh first instance.

How design would make a difference:
The design of the reader was key to its success in the market but iEvo had no experience or in-house capabilities to design a product.

September 2009 Exemplar funding granted
October 2009 Designer selection process
November 2009 e3D design commissioned to undertake project
December 2010 Initial product concepts designed
January 2010 Development & prototyping
February 2010 Project completion

Jesmond based design consultancy, e3design Ltd, was tasked with designing the new product around iEvo’s innovative sensor. By developing a tough injection moulded housing, e3design Ltd were fully able to meet the requirements of the brief resulting in an attractive product that is fully weatherproof, easy to install and provides an enhanced user experience.
Shaun Oakes, Managing Director, iEvo comments: “iEvo Ltd would not have existed without Design Network North. We knew nothing of design or the design process and without Design Network North we couldn’t have brought such a professional product to market in such a short period of time.
"Design Network North’s project mentor and our designers, e3design Ltd, have delivered above and beyond.”


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