Volkswagen Connect – Intelligent key fob
Volkswagen Connect is an intelligent key fob that allows you to find your keys and your mobile phone using beacon technology. The device sends out data packages using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that will be read by the Volkswagen Connect app, and it will enable you to locate the smartphone itself.
Thus, if the driver loses his car keys or his mobile, or they have been misplaced within the range of coverage; a sound signal is activated facilitating their rapid recovery. But when the user is not in the coverage range, the application shows the last location recorded by the GPS where the smartphone and the key fob went missing.
HOW IT WORKS
How it works
Volkswagen Connect is an intelligent key fob that allows you to find your keys and your mobile phone using beacon technology. It is a product that Volkswagen uses to promote loyalty among its best customers.
How we did it
It is a top-notch example of close co-operation between us, as hardware experts, and DDB as a communication agency. DDB envisioned the project and we made it real for Volkswagen Spain. We’ve covered from: hardware, firmware, industrial design, prototyping and mass production.
- Connectivity: Bluetooth Low Energy
- Battery: Coin cell battery
- Battery life: More than 6 months
- Push Button to interact with the user
- Buzzer to get feedback
DDB is a global communications and advertising agency with more than 60 years of experience helping companies to connect with their audience. Volkswagen is a multinational automobile manufacturer.
STEP BY STEP
PHASE 1: SEARCHING FOR THE BEST PARTNER
DDB identify Bluetooth as the technology to be used in this project before contacting, and did an exhaustive search to find the best company that could help them to make this project a reality. They needed a partner with expertise in IOT and bluetooth technologies and with the commit to believe in the project as if it was their own product.
They find Accent Systems and contacted us to study the possibilities of the project they propose, and start working on it together.
PHASE 2: STARTING THE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Once Volkswagen accepted all the details of the project, we started the development process of the product: hardware design, firmware development, industrial design, prototyping and mass production.
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