Industry Experience - Electronic Security Systems & Sensors
Electronics R&D – New Product Development
Consultant at Parker Security Consulting Inc. (PARSEC)
June 2011 to Present
Founded Parker Security Consulting Inc. (also known as PARSEC), to provide technical consulting and expert witness services in the areas of Electronic Security Systems and Sensors as well as Electronics Research and Development (R&D), New Product Development, and other areas related to my skills and 34 plus years of industry experience. A partial list of my technical consulting and expert witness activities including Civil, Criminal & Patent litigation (as well as IPR’s), appears in the [EXPERT WITNESS + IPR EXPERIENCE] page.
President at EE-Systems Group Inc. Canada (R&D)
August 2004 - Present
Co-founded EE Systems Group Inc. in both Canada (for R&D) and the United States (Operations). Oversight for new product and business development. Full management and executive responsibility. Developed multiple new technologies and intellectual property. Multiple United States, Canadian, Chinese and International patents developed, filed and/or granted. Defined and negotiated major corporate contracts with several organizations. Numerous new products developed and introduced to production. Developed and licensed our “ePIR” software to several multinational companies including Zilog, now part of IXYS for passive infrared motion detection (marketed under the name “ZMOTION“). The ePIR / ZMOTION solution provides for Intrusion as well as occupancy detection. eFAR100 False Alarm Reduction module developed using embedded Z8 MCU technology with firmware written in assembler (machine code). Also developed full scalable suite of technology for solar powered, motion controlled, LED illumination from patio to parking lot sizes.
Vice President of Engineering at Tyco Security Products
Head of Engineering at Digital Security Controls (DSC) Limited
(Note: DSC was acquired by Tyco Security Products in December 2001)
March 1985 - December 2003 (~19 years)
Head of 200+ member engineering department composed of engineers, scientists, technologists and technicians. Responsible for all of DSC’s research and product development efforts. Senior member of the DSC executive team setting strategic direction for the company. Cross functional responsibilities in Marketing, New Business Development and Manufacturing. Development of policies, procedures and practices. Financial planning and budget generation. Administration of corporate patent investigation, generation and infringement avoidance. Key vendor relationship building and negotiations. Major customer presentations and interaction. Principally involved in several corporate initiatives such as Six Sigma and ISO900X (quality programs), Speed to market, Ethics training, Customer training, Major cost reductions, etc.
About DSC…DSC began in 1979 as a basement operation supplying alarm control panels to the Canadian market. Joined DSC shortly after the founder, moved the operation out of his basement and into a small industrial unit. Staff consisted of the founder, three assembly workers and myself. Brought to DSC, microcontroller and other advanced technologies. Experienced extraordinarily successful career that saw DSC expand to become one of the three largest companies in its marketplace with worldwide sales in over 120 countries. Growth fueled by optimum combination of product feature set, cost and quality. DSC was acquired by TYCO in December of 2001 for approximately $400 million dollars.
Vice President of Engineering at Swinemaster Inc.
June 1984 – March 1985
In charge of a small 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 several (up to 10) Zilog Z8 Microcontroller Units (MCU’s) with the software written in assembly language (machine code).
Technical Sales Representative at Har-Tech Electronics Ltd.
January 1984 – June 1984
Provided sales and technical support to customers (and potential customers) of electronic component manufacturers such as Zilog and others in the greater Toronto area (GTA).
Engineering Technologist at Thermetic Controls Limited
January 1983 – December 1983
Designed and implemented production test equipment for baseboard heater safety limit switches. Also designed and built working prototype of a digital setback thermostat for controlling electric baseboard heaters by pulse width modulation (PWM).
Selected Major Competencies and Accomplishments
While at EE-SGI, 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.
While at DSC/Tyco, was principal architect and driving force behind most of DSC’s 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 DSC 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 DSC sale to TYCO, 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.