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Security Solutions for RV Accessories

Nilsson, Petter and Stegberg, Martin (2008) MMK920
Product Development
Abstract
Problem Statement
Thule is the world leading developer and manufacturer of transportation solutions. Their company strategy is to enable active families, professionals and outdoor enthusiasts to transport equipment by vehicle safely, easily and in style.

RV users of today have higher demands on their equipment and they fill their cars with every type of conveniences found in a modern home. With the grater value of the car and its contents, the included security solutions aren’t enough. Better ways of protecting
the RV and its accessories from burglary or theft is needed.

Purpose
Develop (a) new profitable security product(s) for Thule in the most accelerating segment in the RV accessory market.

Method
The thesis is... (More)
Problem Statement
Thule is the world leading developer and manufacturer of transportation solutions. Their company strategy is to enable active families, professionals and outdoor enthusiasts to transport equipment by vehicle safely, easily and in style.

RV users of today have higher demands on their equipment and they fill their cars with every type of conveniences found in a modern home. With the grater value of the car and its contents, the included security solutions aren’t enough. Better ways of protecting
the RV and its accessories from burglary or theft is needed.

Purpose
Develop (a) new profitable security product(s) for Thule in the most accelerating segment in the RV accessory market.

Method
The thesis is constructed of four phases: planning, data gather and analysis, synthesis and Development. Briefly the phases consist of:
Planning: Familiarization with the problem through interviews and field trips, results in a product mission statement.
Data gather and analysis: Investigating related markets, existing solutions in the field of security, benchmarking of competitors products, interviewing police, insurance companies and users. The result is presented as the function analysis.
Synthesis: Creative sessions including brainstorming and synetics resulting in ideas evaluated according to the criteria in the function analysis.
Development: Sketches will be transformed into prototype CAD-drawings where both technical and aesthetic solutions are better defined. A concept model will be built.

Conclusions
The main area where extra security is needed are the front and main doors of the RV, but the problem regarding how to allow the user to lock/unlock the door from both inside and outside cannot be made as flexible as needed without electronics. Investigations
concerning electronic solutions leads to that the assignment gets too wide. The goals will be impossible to reach within the assigned timeframe according to Thule. A change in direction sets the focus on how to secure the bikes on a bike-carrier. The most complicated criteria’s to fulfil is the weight restrictions and not to hindrance the functions of Euroclassic G5, leading to that that most viable solution is a wire fastened on the bike-holder running through the bike-frames, locking them in
place to an access point on the outer rail. It is not possible to find a solution optimal for both the Omnistor and Thule products, though the product developed can after
changing the inner profile of the attachment fit and work properly on the Omnistor models. The concept best suited to Omnistor’s models is the Pipe concept. (Less)
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author
Nilsson, Petter and Stegberg, Martin
supervisor
organization
course
MMK920
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Bike-lock, RV, Thule, Bike-carrier
language
English
id
1496304
date added to LUP
2009-10-27 08:59:32
date last changed
2010-02-01 14:40:04
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  abstract     = {Problem Statement 
Thule is the world leading developer and manufacturer of transportation solutions. Their company strategy is to enable active families, professionals and outdoor enthusiasts to transport equipment by vehicle safely, easily and in style.  
 
RV users of today have higher demands on their equipment and they fill their cars with every type of conveniences found in a modern home. With the grater value of the car and its contents, the included security solutions aren’t enough. Better ways of protecting 
the RV and its accessories from burglary or theft is needed. 

Purpose 
Develop (a) new profitable security product(s) for Thule in the most accelerating segment in the RV accessory market. 

Method   
The thesis is constructed of four phases: planning, data gather and analysis, synthesis and Development. Briefly the phases consist of: 
Planning: Familiarization with the problem through interviews and field trips, results in a product mission statement.  
Data gather and analysis: Investigating related markets, existing solutions in the field of security, benchmarking of competitors products, interviewing police, insurance companies and users. The result is presented as the function analysis. 
Synthesis: Creative sessions including brainstorming and synetics resulting in ideas evaluated according to the criteria in the function analysis.  
Development: Sketches will be transformed into prototype CAD-drawings where both technical and aesthetic solutions are better defined. A concept model will be built. 

Conclusions 
The  main area where extra security is needed are the front and main doors of the RV, but the problem regarding how to allow the user to lock/unlock the door from both inside and outside cannot be made as flexible as needed without electronics. Investigations 
concerning electronic solutions leads to that the assignment gets too wide. The goals will be impossible to reach within the assigned timeframe according to Thule. A change in direction sets the focus on how to secure the bikes on a bike-carrier. The most complicated criteria’s to fulfil is the weight restrictions and not to hindrance the functions of Euroclassic G5, leading to that that most viable solution is a wire fastened on the bike-holder running through the  bike-frames, locking them in 
place to an access point on the outer rail.  It is not possible to find a solution optimal for both the Omnistor and Thule products, though the product developed can after 
changing the inner profile of the attachment fit and work properly on the Omnistor models. The concept best suited to Omnistor’s models is the Pipe concept.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Petter and Stegberg, Martin},
  keyword      = {Bike-lock,RV,Thule,Bike-carrier},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Security Solutions for RV Accessories},
  year         = {2008},
}