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What We're Up Against

*Revisited

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In Budapest, there are tens of manufacturers of building security systems with many models per manufacturer. If that wasn’t enough, different buildings may have implemented different sets of wirings depending on the features they wanted to include.

That’s what we’re up against, and it makes the design of a universal entry system an interesting and challenging problem, hopefully a fun one too.

 

We decided the first task was to get some background on which door systems are the most common in Budapest, the city where we will be developing our prototypes.

Adam, one of our earliest hardware engineers, set about marching around town taking pictures of all the different systems he came across. We used an iOS feature to come up with a map of security system photos. Here’s an example map of the 13th district.

At the same time, we contacted a few shops that repair and sell these types of units. From them we learned which types of systems they believe are most common. We also learned something interesting and useful; there are three broad categories of these types of units we could be focused on.

  • Fully digital
  • Digital / analog hybrid
  • Fully analog

Next we’ll take a look at the differences between systems within these categories.

What we do know is that, for now, reverse engineering these systems will likely require one of these:

Sadly we can’t send one of these out to everyone who wants a PhoneIn (or can we?), so our challenge is to simplify this process. We have some great solutions for this, including getting the community involved!

 

So please subscribe to our blog to follow our progress developing PhoneIn, and how you can help shape the product along the way.

 

To our community, we want to know what your system looks like. Sign up for our pilot program so we can learn what type of system you have and how you would use a PhoneIn!

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