Bikeep’s redesigned bicycle parking station with Krakul electronic hardware design
Bikeep was in a great position to redesign its flagship bicycle rack. They had plenty of lessons learned from their products in the field, we had contributed to several iterative upgrades on the previous model, and new tech advances made it the right time to innovate.
The original project goals were to create a more compact version with new features. Once we started analyzing how to achieve those goals, we understood that the new design could also be more efficient and cheaper to produce. Plus, it would allow Bikeep to connect more racks — creating larger bicycle parks.
Bikeep’s original bike rack needed upgrades in a few aspects plus an electrical system revamp. The original units were difficult to assemble and deploy in the field since they had many different electronic components and required several wire harnesses. At that point, Bikeep had a lot of experience with installing their stations, many of which were in areas with limited access to power. That meant that the power going to the racks needed to be more efficient to last longer on battery.
Krakul was also responsible for other electrical components of the bike racks, including the smart unit, which is responsible for IoT communications, like reading RFID cards; user feedback and interface, like blinking lights; and an electromagnetic lock.
We knew this was a design and production challenge, but having a history of collaboration we were confident that we could help. The project resulted in the delivery of the new Bikeep lock system which is leading the company’s expansion across three continents and 21 countries.
Every project done with customized collaboration
We don’t have an identical, step-by-step guide for every project; it’s customized for each request and each client. Krakul leverages every engineer’s knowledge of all the products we contribute to. So while Bikeep had a single Krakul contact person to streamline communication, they also benefited from access to our full resources across different areas of expertise.
The overall Krakul process involves four phases of product development:
- Business and analysis
- Support and lifecycle management
In this case, Bikeep knew their flagship product needed an update, but the methodology and priorities were decided together. From there we were able to determine timelines and check-in points.