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An innovative and intelligent power switching system designed specifically for the specialist vehicle conversion market, has been developed by technology company Sagentia and its client Carnation Designs Limited. Launched at the 2007 Commercial Vehicle Show this month the new ‘genisys’ system provides a unique modular solution to the management of increasingly complex electrical systems on specialist vehicles.

At the show, genisys was installed into a Ford SVP Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) which attracted a great deal of interest due to its ease of programmability and modular design. The incorporation of high power solid state switching electronics provides a high level of sophistication and performance including improved reliability, ease of maintenance and reduced physical size and weight.

Carnation Designs is the market leader in the provision of electronic systems to the specialist vehicle sector with clients ranging from the AA through to the emergency services market. The company asked Sagentia to develop concepts for a new range of intelligent power switching systems specifically for the control and management of vehicle auxiliary electrics.

Sagentia initially undertook a feasibility and ambulance battery study, and created product concepts through Yorkshire Forward’s Innovation Angels’ service, which provided some of the consultancy fees. Subsequently, Carnation Designs continued to work with Sagentia to design and develop genisys. Full scale manufacture is expected to commence in May 2007.

Mark Wilson, Director, Carnation Design, says: By basing genisys around modular, solid-state technology we have removed the requirement of hard-wired relays and fuses. This has enabled us to develop a system that, to our knowledge, offers a level of flexibility, features and power handling previously unachievable in such a small package.”

Mark Ridley, Senior Consultant on the project from Sagentia’ s systems and software group adds: “We really wanted to improve efficiency not just for ease of use by the vehicle driver and service personnel, but also for installation, making it smaller to fit and easy to maintain. At the heart of genisys is the electronic control module. This digests and sends data to the numerous user interfaces and output modules, which can be multiplexed around the vehicle. With each output module capable of distributing and controlling 150amps, genisys has the flexibility and intelligence to monitor and manage all auxiliary electrical requirements at the touch of a button, which makes it a real breakthrough for this type of product. ”

The technology

Once installed, genisys can be configured entirely by a Windows application, allowing outputs, audible alerts and visual displays to be controlled by almost any combination of input, keypad and on-board timer parameters. Windows also allows future changes to the system to be accomplished by simple parameter manipulation in the software, so a fleet manager or someone with software competence could made changes rather than a software engineer or specialist.

Any additions to the system can be wired into any of the remaining free input/output pins and then configured as appropriate in the software. The goal of such an approach is to minimize both installation and maintenance costs for the vehicle manufacturers by providing an unsurpassed level of flexibility into the genisys system. This ‘future proof’ design allows for changes in market trends or custom specific projects.

genisys utilizes a high speed, differential data bus to communicate between the system controller and modules. This provides rapid and reliable data transfer over long distance wiring looms even in an electrically noisy vehicular environment. High speed data rates permit the use of LCD text readouts on supported keypads refreshed every 100ms and fault/status reporting from output modules indicating both under and over current conditions.

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Emma Drake
Head of Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 875 535
Mobile: +44 (0) 7795 101 779

Charlotte Gynane
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 875200


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About Sagentia

Sagentia creates value from technology by developing richer solutions with clients that enable them to realise better business opportunities.

Sagentia operates in six global market sectors – medical, industrial products, consumer products, chemicals, materials & energy, telecoms & media and public sector - developing new technologies, products and services that change the basis of competition. The company also assists business leaders and policy makers to create strategies for technology, innovation and growth.

Sagentia’s resources are situated in state-of-the-art facilities in Cambridge UK, Frankfurt and Stockholm in Europe, Boston and Baltimore in the USA, and Hong Kong and Shanghai in China.

Sagentia is a Sagentia Group company. The Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ti: SGA) and has more than 200 employees.

About Carnation Designs

Carnation Designs Ltd, based in West Yorkshire, England, was founded in 1995 originally to service the UK emergency service market. Their concept for intelligent switching & vehicle management systems, combined with a unique "project managed" approach to system design and integration, ensured that they emerged at the forefront of the industry.

During 2000, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Hartest Holdings PLC. The support from this forward thinking group, who are specialists in the manufacture and supply of specialist medical & instrumentation technology, has enabled Carnation Designs to move and adapt with technological advancements and customer requirements.

Carnation Designs dedication to product excellence combined with a commitment to ensure that its customers attain an unsurpassed level of in service back up, has led to the formation of a team of highly respected industry professionals. This multi-disciplined team of engineers encompasses the entire design, manufacture and integration of the Genisys range of products and includes qualified electronic, software, electrical and mechanical engineers. This enables Carnation Designs to attain an even greater level of customer focus as well as the ability to ensure that its products remain at the forefront of technology.

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