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Expert in Electronics R&D - New Product Development - Electronic Security Systems and Sensors

Expert ID: 732110 Canada

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Expert has over 34 years’ experience in the field of electronic security systems and sensors, electronics R&D, and new product development. His expertise has spanned from hands-on work to senior executive leadership. This includes spending over 18 years as Head of Engineering for a leading global manufacturer of electronic security systems and sensors with sales exceeding $400MM annually.

Expert has researched and developed numerous products, including wired and wireless alarm systems, motion detectors, solar smart LED lights and many other similar devices. He is a prolific inventor with over 25 patents. He is highly experienced in patent litigation.

He has technical, managerial and executive expertise in the research, development, design and manufacturing of electronic-based products such as Security Systems, Burglar Alarm Systems, Intrusion Detection Systems, Occupancy Detection Systems, Fresnel and Mirror Optic PIR (Passive Infra-Red) Motion Detectors, Microwave Doppler Motion Detectors, Solar Powered, Motion-Controlled, LED illumination Systems and similar devices. His experience spans from concept to production.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: C.E.T. (similar to BA) Subject: Electronic Engineering Technology Institution: RCC Institute of Technology - A Division of Yorkville University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Expert Witness / Technical Consultant Department: Responsibilities: He has served for several years as an expert witness and technical consultant for a variety of patent litigation cases concerning various technologies (e.g., alarms).
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Expert co-founded this systems group in Canada (R&D) and the U.S. (Operations). He handles oversight for new product and business development, and assumes full management and executive responsibility. He has developed multiple new technologies and intellectual property. Expert developed and licensed ePIR software to several multinational companies.
Years: 1985 to 2003 Employer: Tyco Security Products Title: Vice President Department: Engineering Responsibilities: He was head of a 200+ member engineering department composed of engineers, scientists, technologists and technicians. He was responsible for all of DSC’s research and product development efforts. As a senior member of the DSC executive team, Expert set strategic direction for the company. He held cross-functional responsibilities in Marketing, New Business Development and Manufacturing.
Years: 1984 to 1985 Employer: Swinemaster Inc. Title: Vice President Department: Engineering Responsibilities: He was in charge of an R&D team that developed and built several working prototypes of an automated baby pig feeder. The multipart component design of the baby pig feeder utilized up to 10 Zilog Z8 Microcontroller Units (MCU’s) with the software written in assembly language.
Years: 1984 to 1984 Employer: Har-Tech Electronics Ltd. Title: Technical Sales Representative Department: Responsibilities: Expert provided sales and technical support to customers (and potential customers) of electronics manufacturers represented by Har-Tech Electronics Limited in the greater Toronto area (GTA).
Years: 1983 to 1983 Employer: Thermetic Controls Limited Title: Engineering Technologist Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Expert designed and implemented production test equipment for baseboard heater safety limit switches. He also designed and built a working prototype of a digital setback thermostat for controlling electric baseboard heaters.

Career Accomplishments

Professional Appointments
Areas of Expertise:
Burglar Alarm Security Systems
Wired, Wireless and Hybrid Security Alarm Systems and Sensors
Intrusion Detection Systems
Premise Monitoring Systems
Smoke and Fire Alarm Systems
Integrated Security Systems
Video Monitoring (CCTV) and Verification with Security
Audio Listen In, Intercom, Paging with Security
Access Control with Security
Home Automation with Security
Occupancy Detection Systems
Alarm Control Panels, Intrusion Control Panels, Alarm System Controllers, Control Devices
Keypads, Zone Expanders, Wireless Rx/Tx, Output Modules, Sensors, Digital Dialers / Communicators
Motion Detectors, PIR (Passive InfraRed) Fresnel & Mirror Optic, μW Doppler (X/K Band Microwave)
Smoke Detectors, Heat Detectors
Door and Window Sensors
Electronic Security System and Sensor Design – Wired and Wireless
Electronic Circuit Design (Analog, Digital and RF)
Embedded Controllers (CPU/MCU) (Zilog Z8/eZ8, Microchip PIC, etc.)
Software Coding (Assembler / C)
Circuit Simulations and Analysis
Narrowband RF wireless (433Mhz)
Spread Spectrum (902 to 928 Mhz)
Battery Charging and Protection (CC/CV, LiFePO4, Li-Poly, etc.)
Low voltage (control) systems
Alarm System Monitoring & Communications to Central Station.
Alarm Signaling Technology Cellular, Land Line, Long Range RF
Security Network Protocols (AML, Wireless, Keybus, Combus)
Personal Emergency Response System (P.E.R.S.)
False Alarm Reduction Modules
Telephone, Thermostat, X-10 (PLC) Interactive Interface with Security
SOHO PBX Telephone Systems
New Product Development (NPD)
Product Research & Development
Electronic Product Design
Engineering Management
Speed To Market
Design for Manufacturability
Design for Reliability
Cost Reduction Programs
Compliance & Agency Approvals
Environmental Immunity (ESD/EFT)
Radiated & Conducted Immunity
False Alarm Immunity
Plastic Enclosure (Tooling) Design for Production Injection Molding
Mixed Mode ASIC Development
Electronic (Smart) Thermostats
Solar Cell Charging Circuitry (MPPT)
Energy Management Systems
LED Driver & Control Circuitry
Solar Powered LED Lighting (Patio to Street Level)
Glassbreak Detectors, Vibration and Shock Sensors
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has over 25 patents in alarm and security systems, signals, detection, and related technologies.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has provided expert witness services in over 6 cases, primarily pertaining to patent litigation. More information available upon request.
Other Relevant Experience
Selected Major Competencies and Accomplishments:

Developed several new technologies such as ePIR for motion detection, eLEDing for high efficiency LED illumination and eFAR for significant false alarm reduction. Successfully completed multiple SR&ED (Scientific Research and Experimental Development) applications resulting in significant financial grants to EE-SGI.

Was principal architect and driving force behind most major commercial product successes. These include the industry benchmark setting “Power” and “Maxsys” families. Also includes the PC1550, the most prolific alarm control panel in the world with an installed base in the millions.

Worked directly with one of Latin America’s premier telephone operators to determine requirements, then rapidly produced functional prototypes for demonstration to their CEO and other senior management. Previously maintained an excellent relationship with the senior decision makers in this organization and as such could be an enormous asset to any company that hopes to supply them. This organization has identified a market of nearly six million customers for intrusion security. Identified a range of suitable products for their market.

Organized and drove corporate speed to market initiative. Defined required policies and procedures. Implemented STM plan. Resulted in average product development cycle reduction of 40%.

Developed the KEYBUS and COMBUS protocols for interconnecting components. These protocols have a proven track record and have been widely imitated and copied. Also developed DSC’s wireless protocols for both 924 Mhz DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) and 433.92 Mhz tight narrow band.

Saved from 15% shortfall in annual production. Due to an clerical error, a critical custom component (an ASIC – Application Specific Integrated Circuit) was shorted by ~200,000 units. Lead time was long, all attempts to persuade supplier failed. Used relationship with suppliers senior management to have required units arrive just in time.

Prior to completion of sale, re-negotiated agreements with key suppliers. Resulted in annualized savings of over ten million dollars.

Conceived, and drove the development of over twelve mixed mode ASIC’s (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). Perfect track record. No failures. All were commercial successes. Mixed mode ASIC’s combine analog and digital circuitry on a single chip. They offer superior capabilities and performance to “off the shelf” solutions while dramatically reducing cost and improving product reliability.

Fields of Expertise

commercial security, electronic security, intrusion detection, motion detector, security system, burglar alarm, premises security, residential security, new product development, electronic product development, product invention, security electronics, security lighting, electronic surveillance, business licensing, physical security, security management, executive management, security, expert witness, patent prosecution, patent specification, claim (patent), patent infringement, access control system, closed-circuit security system, electronic design automation, electronic filter, electronic shielding, embedded system software development, motion detection, United States patent, electric circuit safety, electronic article surveillance, software development environment, control network, surveillance, surveillance system, universal asynchronous receiver transmitter, protection, analog switch, electronic breadboard, Boolean network, integrated-circuit chip, device patent, electronic circuit analysis, gate, electronic equipment design, computer room security, electronic component product development, compliance engineering, electrically erasable programmable ROM, engineering design automation, electronics, electronic control new product development, electronics research-and-development management, foreign patent, electronic product prototype, electronics design engineering, electronic product design review, electronic equipment, electronics engineering, electromagnetic protection process, printed circuit design, electronic circuit design, integrated-circuit design, erasable programmable read-only memory, building automation, solid-state electronics science, electronic circuit, licensing, engineering management, fire protection, electronic control, patent, device inventing, electronic device, video surveillance, video security system, software reliability, software quality assurance, software inspection, software development tool, proximity detector, monitoring, microprocessor, microcontroller, management decision-making, electronic logic circuit, key code, network, electronic wire, electrical safety, control electronics science, circuit protection, battery charger, analog circuit

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