2001-2005 Tyco Safety Products
Having caught the cycle bug I toured down to the
South of France over a period of 3 months. When I got back it was
time to find gainful employment and Tyco offered me just that.
Joining a small group know as 'Special Hazards' we set about
designing the next generation of industrial fire detectors for use
in applications such as oil rigs and chemical factories. I can truly
say its a very clever beast.
Being in at the beginning of the project I had a
direct hand in steering the course of product development. Working
in a small team developed my expertise in housing design, PCB
mounting, connectors, circuit design and component positioning.
Designing the platform you write the software for is a rare
privilege in the world of complex embedded systems and as the design
progressed, my role switched to software architect. I designed,
documented, coded and tested most of the controller functions.
Video camera, IR imaging camera and sensors, video
text overlay, quartz test lamps, bidirectional IR data link, internal data
logging, RS485 made this a dream product to write software for and
develop PC applications to support. On completion I switched to
helping specify the test process and implemented software changes
Me at work
Bernard (boss), Me and Lindsey.
Deepika and Dave
Sunbury Cross, Near Hampton Court, West London. I lived in Central
London (Vauxhall) then
moved out west to Osterley and Heston (both near Hounslow).