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RAPID PROOF OF CONCEPT

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Proof of Concept

Developing a Proof of Concept (POC) device should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience but you know how it can often be beset by bugs, integration glitches, wrong technology choices, misdirected focus, and the numerous distractions of getting non-core elements of the system working properly. That’s why we have developed a formal Genesys Rapid Proof of Concept (RPOC) Service.  

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  1. What we do: We use a structured delivery methodology to rapidly develop a POC using a flexible combination of commercial-off-the-shelf items and Genesys modules, in the most cost-effective way possible. 
     

  2. We make it easy: We prioritise the key proof points and sort through the myriad of technical options to deliver the right option for a great user experience.
     

  3. We impress your stakeholders: We can provide photo-realistic product visualisations, a mobile interface with great data graphics, and de-risking of the technology with our comprehensive engineering reports, unit/project cost calculators and reusable software along with the Genesys name to back your grant and funding applications. 

Want to understand best practices in Proof of Concept development? Contact us for a free consultation.

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Technology selection and integration

With the huge range of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf options available, it is hard to know which combination of products, modules and components are the best fit for delivering the proof points your POC has to deliver. It is also really annoying having to spend so much time getting the basic “under the hood” functions for connecting sensors, driving the peripherals and egressing your data, when you really should be focusing on your core innovation. The Genesys RPOC Service delivers the right mix of options with all the middleware already working right out of the box.

Technologies we work with include:

  • Single Board Computers (SBC) including Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Beaglebone
     

  • Genesys baseboards including our Wireless Wearable Sensor platform, and other industrial sensing baseboards we have in-house, a Linux baseboard
     

  • System on Modules (SoM) for specific functions to be embedded into a wider system
     

  • Genesys modules including those for 4G, 5G, LoRa, NBIoT, WiFi, GPS and more
     

  • Eval boards and dev kits if a particular unique technology is most appropriate
     

  • OEM devices such as cameras etc
     

  • Other devices such as Programmable Logic Controllers and Data Acquisition modules
     

  • Custom PCBs can be developed rapidly when the specific POC requirements cannot be achieved otherwise

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Our value-add POC services

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Your POC ultimately has to impress your key stakeholders enough to support your next phase of development. That’s why our RPOC Service is oriented toward understanding the needs of your grant organisation / funding providers and their needs around a milestone driven approach to releasing funds. To support these processes Genesys can provide the following:

  • Visualisation: Photo-realistic 3D product renderings and animations, CAD drawings and system element modelling including mechanical/electronic component integration
     

  • Enclosure selection and design: We can select off the shelf enclosures or 3D print a custom design specific for your POC 
     

  • Analysis and technical reports: We can provide experimental reports on POC objectives with an evaluation of technical feasibility, risks and options
     

  • Business case support: We can provide cost estimation for the final product Bill of Materials as well as accurate estimates of the design and development process through to market launch
     

  • Grant applications: We provide advice and support in the grant application process to boost your chance of success. This includes provision of technical specifications, project planning, and the establishment of an activity/resource tracking system
     

  • Pathway to compliance: For applications that will eventually be used in a highly regulated environment such as mining or medical, we can provide an advisory report on what regulatory requirements will be required post-POC

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When we integrate the different technologies making up a POC we focus on:

  • Being on-time/on-budget: We prioritise the agreed essential features and provide rolling forecasts of time/budget in a joint project management environment
     

  • Optimising the roadmap were feasible: We balance the need to get it done fast with sensible options to reuse code and architectures as much as feasible with the project constraints
     

  • Providing free added-extras: We look for solutions that provided out-of-the box extras at no or little cost, to impress stakeholders with the unexpected professionalism of the POC (see Genesys Modules added extras below)

Our POC methodology

Fast and Flexible but Rigorous and Structured

Genesys understands that not all Proof of Concept (POC) requirements are the same. The purpose of a POC may include testing key principles, communicating the concept, assuring stakeholders of the technical feasibility, gaining initial feedback from customers then validating the final version before launch, verifying system integration, de-risking technical challenges, exploring design for manufacture options, meeting investor milestone requirements and much more. The RPOC Service delivers a rigorous methodology for clearly identifying and prioritising the important proof points within the context of your budget and timeframe. 

Our methodology includes:

  • Proof Points Prioritisation Matrix: We systematically identify and prioritise the things that your POC needs to prove within the constraints of your timeframe and budget.
     

  • Problem and Functions Statement: Our "light" version of a requirements definition customised for POC devices provides a clear direction to the project.
     

  • Project Management: Even POC projects need management to achieve the desired outcomes, so we implement a light touch project management method, based around a single stage project defined by a simple work breakdown structure.

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Genesys Module Added Extras

Where Genesys modules are used in a POC, the following features come free or at little cost: 

  • Sensor and peripheral drivers: We have already written the firmware to manage many of the facilities needed around memory, sensors, communication and other key interfaces.
     

  • Parameter Management: Adjust the basic functions of the POC easily through configuration of a few parameters.
     

  • Middleware facilities: Our modules facilitate most common functions around connection management, data logging, date and time management, file management, error handling, run-time monitoring, on-boot self-tests, terminal input, power and battery management, email/SMS notifications, device health monitoring and over the air reprogramming.
     

  • Debugging facilities: Our modules log events and provide streaming debugs including via BLE or WiFi making it easy to access device logs. Command line inputs make data retrieval easy.
     

  • Mobile App Integration: We have a Template Mobile App that can easily integrated. Create one or two pages to impress your stakeholders with brilliant data graphics that come out-of-the-box.

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Case Studies

Following are example of POCs we have developed recently:

  • AI-based object identification: This project required a working device to determine if it could reliably identify a particular type of object. The POC included a Raspberry Pi SBC and a SoM artificial intelligence image analysis module with a camera and visual processing unit.
     

  • Radiation dosimeter alpha: This project aimed to develop an alpha version of the device proving we could read a custom semiconductor-based sensor and display radiation dose data. The POC used a Genesys GP3004 module and coupled with a Genesys LCD module.
     

  • Distance measurement: This project aimed to determine if the distance between two sensors could be measured via the time taken for radio signals to pass between the sensors (time of flight). This POC required a custom PCB which was easier than integrating up to four COTS modules. 
     

  • Energy budget measurement: This project required measurement of how long a battery would last for a particular application using cameras and other positioning sensors. A custom PCB was used with measurement points to gather data needed to determine the energy budget. 
     

  • Machine vision: This project required an alpha version of a machine vision device delivering enough functionality to satisfy a funding milestone for a grant project. This POC consisted of multiple Genesys modules and commercial SoM camera modules working together, packaged in commercial off the shelf enclosures.
     

  • Mobile interface for field validation trial: This project required a Bluetooth-connected mobile application to facilitate feedback from real end-users. This POC was a mobile application with all the key functionality required to facilitate the trial and be a stepping stone to the final application.
     

  • Disability device investor demonstration: This project aimed at developing a beta version of a mobility device involving motor control via a remote controller, specifically to raise interest from investors. This POC involved custom PCBs and control systems that were not form fitted to the final mechanical design.
     

  • Virtual reality demonstrator: This project aimed at developing successive demonstrations of a wearable brain injury rehabilitation device involving virtual reality. The Alpha POC involved a Genesys module hard-wired into the wearable, to control the device. The Beta POC involved custom PCBs and a control system in forms fitted to the final mechanical design in order to meet a grant milestone, prior to commercial device development.

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