Frank (Senior Vice President of R&D) provides insight
Frank was VP of Embedded Security for the Kudelski Group, SKIDATA´s parent company, for five years before taking over management of product development at SKIDATA in September 2012. Prior to this, he was Infineon´s Design Center Director from 2000 until 2007. There he worked for the German development location in Nuremburg and thus gained extensive experience for this demanding task. In his free time, Frank is a passionate snowboarder and water sports fan.
In this interview he tells us which developments his team in Research and Development is currently working on and what is especially important to him when it comes to teamwork.
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„The most up-to-date innovations, being one step ahead of the competition, reliable products, on-time solutions and developments of the highest quality – these are the things we commit ourselves to and the things which characterize work in R&D,“ says Frank during the interview.
Research & Development is responsible for the entire product development at SKIDATA. There is excitement for everyone in this range of tasks:
– Development of classic client server systems for the areas of parking management and personal access
– Development of cloud-based access solutions; for example, for destination management – that means connecting singular access and management solutions in the areas of events, mountain sports regions and parking management. Through this we make additional functions such as reservations, online ticket purchase, remote maintenance and surveillance of systems as well as B2C and B2B solutions available to our customers.
– Design and development of access hardware, such as access readers, barrier gates, parking columns and paying and vending machines
– Quality assurance for hardware, software and system solutions in order to guarantee flawless, reliable operation for customers.
Each member of the R&D team is part of the larger whole in new and ongoing developments or system integration of the many solutions over the entire lifecycle of a product.
R&D is positioned around the world with development locations in Grödig and Klagenfurt in Austria and teams in France, the USA and India – subdivided into the areas of software development, quality assurance, hardware development and project management office. „Even within the team it is becoming more international: meetings in English are part of our everyday work,“ explains Frank.
Thus R&D is currently in a phase of internationalization: staff in the software and system development departments, especially for cloud-based systems, project management, quality assurance, test automation, electronic component development and mechatronics, are always in demand. „When it comes to new employees, I value not only essential technical knowledge, but also very good English skills, social competence and eagerness to work in an international, intercultural team. Those who think in a solution-oriented manner and value professional teams and a modern development environment have come to the right place. These dynamics require that you always stay up-to-date with technical progress and are open to new, innovative ideas and change in international markets,“ continues Frank.
The great work environment; the high level of dedication and the staff´s passion for their work; the international environment; and technological challenges in rapidly changing times are what Frank enjoys the best about SKIDATA. „SKIDATA has great potential as an innovative company. Here you can really make a difference,“ Frank concludes.
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SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, shopping centers, major airports, municipalities, sports stadiums, trade shows, and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.
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