Bringing new products to life

As the company transitions from mechanical products to developing more and more electronic solutions and software, we have been able to shift our investments from traditional production to development.

24 hours of innovation

Among the activities within the PPI organization is the biannual “Innovation Day” where employees have 24 hours to brainstorm and come up with creative ideas for new products or improvements to existing ones.

More than 25 ideas were presented at the latest Innovation Day in January, including a lock status detector, a wristband that controls home devices and an e-paper display that reduces power consumption and provides a better user experience.

Innovation Day has lead to new functionalities and technologies as well as to developing new processes. “It’s also resulted in a number of new patents that can be a part of ASSA ABLOY in the future,” says Lindberg, citing a keyless entry project as just one example of an innovation that was sparked by Innovation Day.

Innovation Day has resulted in a number of new patents that can be a part of ASSA ABLOY in the future,” says Mikael Lindberg.

Technological developments within consumer electronics and security are opening up new opportunities, says Lars Elsmark, director Pre Product Innovation & IPR, Shared Technologies ASSA ABLOY, adding:

ASSA ABLOY Shared Technologies develop platform technologies to be integrated in ASSA ABLOY group company products. Thinking outside the box is encouraged at Shared Technologies where developing innovative solutions for sustainable energy, wireless connectivity, software and identification are part of the daily routine. The Future Lab visited the R&D team during the “Innovation Day” where employees have 24 hours to brainstorm and come up with creative ideas for new products or improvements to existing ones.

Some of the door opening solutions developed by Shared Technologies are Aperio for wireless connectivity with real-time access control, Hi-O door technology that makes it possible for all devices to talk to each other, and CLIQ, a cost-efficient way for users to expand or replace all parts of their existing master key system with a more flexible and secure electromechanical solution. The focus is on constantly improving knowledge and skills in areas such as electronics, firmware, software and mechatronics. The organization also engages in market research, voice of the customer methodology and competitor analyses and follows technology trends in order to develop products with added value.

But don’t expect any more details here. Some of the innovations have been so good that they remain a top secret until patents are completed.