SOURCE: Stratos Product Development

Stratos Product Development

April 28, 2011 13:44 ET

Stratos Product Development Is Working With Dero Bike Rack Co. to Develop the Second Generation of the ZAP Bicycle Commuter Counter

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Apr 28, 2011) - Stratos Product Development, LLC today announced it is working on the second generation ZAP bicycle commuter counter for Dero Bike Rack Co.

"We are happy to have the opportunity to partner with Dero on another project that furthers the goal of rewarding eco-friendly behavior. It is gratifying to us as a company to work on projects that combine technology and innovation to have an ecological impact on the world," Sean MacLeod, President, Stratos Product Development said.

Dero ZAP provides a reliable, tamperproof and easy way for companies, universities, schools, government institutions and other organizations to accurately count, track and issue a report on bike commuter trips via a wireless, radio frequency identification system (RFID) that records the number of times a commuter arrives by bike. The program promotes health and exercise for users via a web portal that reports miles biked, calories burned and pounds of CO2 saved, and allows employers to reimburse bicycle commuters with a tax-free stipend to help cover costs associated with riding to work.

The first generation of Dero ZAP is solar-powered. The second generation -- currently under development -- includes a new AC power source, allowing Dero to expand their reach to more customers.

"Dero's mission for the ZAP bicycle counter is to enable easy bicycle commuting that supports the environment. By collaborating with the Stratos team of systems engineering experts, we are able to remain focused on our customers by creating practical and easy-to-use solutions for bicycle commuters," Hans Steege, CEO, Dero Bike Rack Co. said.

Stratos' collaborative effort in the development of both ZAP systems includes software design, the sourcing and selection of off-the-shelf (OTS) components, hardware design for a custom motherboard and power supply, mechanical design and support for system mounting and enclosure.

Dero has partnered with Kid Commute, a non-profit based in Colorado, to expand the bicycle commuter counting program to K-12 schools across the United States. Kid Commute has deployed over 40 ZAP units in the US and Canada to give kids the incentive to ride or walk to school. Kids that walk or bike the most are awarded prizes and special events as rewards for participating in their own health and helping the environment.

About Stratos Product Development, LLC
For 25 years, Stratos Product Development has been supporting the most innovative companies in designing their technology breakthroughs. Whether you need a full-system development team or are looking for a specific area of expertise, Stratos can help. We offer strong concept and architecture capabilities and integrated product development including hardware, software, mechanical, quality and project management. Our systems-based approach enables us to reduce time-to-market, mitigate development risks and create compelling product solutions for unmet needs in the marketplace.

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