Taxis fare better with GCT custom cable assemblies

GCT Custom Cable Assemblies - Verifone Case StudyBlack cab drivers across London face many challenges, not only from stringent and changing legislation, but also from competitors such as Uber and Addison Lee. Traditional cabbies are fighting back though, with an action plan to guarantee a faster, smarter and greener future for London’s black cabs. Details include zero emission capable cabs by 2018, and adoption of new technologies such as fast Wi-Fi and electronic card payment with contactless support.

In fact, electronic payment ability has become mandatory since February 2016, when TfL announced that all licenced taxi drivers must offer passengers the option of paying their fare electronically at the point of sale.

Verifone has long been providing a valuable resource into this area; they are global market leaders in ePOS, offering over 25 years’ experience with taxi fleets. Their fully TfL compliant card payment solution accepts payment from all major Chip & PIN, swipe and contactless credit and debit cards, and can accept electronic payment via ApplePay and NFC enabled android devices.

The Challenge

Verifone’s provision of card payment technology to taxi fleets meant that they had to respond rapidly when TfL introduced their new legislation last year. They needed to fulfil an urgent request to equip nearly a quarter of London’s black cabs with not only ePOS card payment units, but also Fare Taximeters and taxi advertising systems that deliver a customer information channel on a 15” digital screen within the passenger compartment.

Their success in meeting the project’s tight deadlines was due in part to support from their trusted cable and connector supplier, GCT.  GCT designed a set of cable assemblies that, while being customised for connector arrangements and environmental resilience, were produced in the required production volumes within critical deadlines.

The GCT Custom Cable Assemblies Solution

GCT’s supply comprised four cable assembly types, using various custom combinations of Micro USB, USB, DSUB and Jack connectors. One example splits a USB A output into a Micro USB B male and a Micro USB B female connector; in another, the split is from mini HDMI to a DC Jack and DSUB 9 Pin connector.

The assemblies were customised for their environment as well as their connector combinations. The HDMI/DCJack/DSUB cable has a copper foil shield over its inner mould on the connectors to eliminate electrical noise interference and reduce signal attenuation. This also helps compliance with ATC and RoHS certifications. Additionally, the cables have a braid and PVC jacket to allow an extended flex cycle life – an important consideration as shock and vibration are ever-present parts of taxi vehicle operation.

As the cables were more complex than previously required, while being on a very tight delivery, GCT had to make special arrangements to meet Verifone’s requirements. After a prompt, early visit to Verifone’s premises to ensure a detailed understanding of the project, GCT set up a manufacturing plan that included extensive factory overtime. 100% quality checking and testing was performed, including extra technical and quality checks for the higher-complexity HDMI/DCJack/DSUB cable. Additionally, goods were delivered in batches to avoid any production line stop at Verifone.

“Success in this assignment depended in close co-operation between both companies,” comments Eren Ozkan, UK Project Manager at GCT, “Our task was made far easier, and turnaround was greatly facilitated, by the responsive support from Verifone’s engineers at all times throughout the project.”

The Feedback

Mike Wakefield, Inventory Manager at Verifone was also pleased with the project’s results. He comments:

“We originally approached GCT with this requirement because of our previous experience in working with them. Although these assemblies were more complex and on much shorter lead times than previous years’ deliveries, GCT’s production allowed us to meet our commitment to our customers. Although the project occasionally presented some technical challenges, we overcame these together in a timely manner.”

Visit gct.co/cable-assembly to learn more about GCT custom cable assemblies, manufacturing and testing capabilities, together with UL approval and ISO certification information.

GCT work with picoPOD in application to help the energy poor

picoPOD 30 with GCT dual stack USB connector for the energy poorPICOPOD 30 SET with GCT dual stack USB connector for the energy poor

Global Connector Technology is delighted to supply connectors for MOAB POWER’s picoPOD project, which is a fascinating application.

There are estimated to be 1.6 billion energy poor people in the world, mainly in developing countries. The picoPOD delivers a solution for those people who are off the electricity grid to be able to power simple appliances, offers basic lighting and mobile phone charging.

Moab claim its 10 year plus battery life delivers more power and brighter lights than competitors, wrapped up in a smaller package.

MOAB Power teamed up with the GCT Sales staff in the early stages of development allowing for product samples and engineering support during the crucial stages.  As a result, the picoPOD is using GCT’s  full size, dual stacked receptacle USB1035 to allow for multiple, simultaneous charging capabilities.  The USB1035 dual stack is ideal for all applications requiring multiple horizontally USB sockets, where space is an issue.

The picoPOD utilizes proprietary, safe, 10-year lithium solar cells, coupled with smart power management and an LED gauge. Enclosed in a small form factor case, it is less than 1/3 the size and weight of competing lead acid systems and much more environmentally friendly.

The picoPOD line up consists of two versions with 30Wh and 60Wh batteries, each with 4x12v and 2 USB ports. Application include LED lighting, mobile phone charging and powering DC appliances such as fans, radios, televisions, etc.

A 90Wh, laptop version, is also in development.

Included with the picoPOD, are appropriately sized solar panels, 3x1W [100 Lumen] LED lights and a multi-tip mobile phone charging cable.  160 Lumen – 1 Watt LED lights are optional.

We’re told the picoPOD units to help the energy poor will start shipping Q1 2016.  Find more information here.

View GCT’s range of innovative connectors

 

USB Cable Assembly – Hideaway with molded pivot

This USB cable assembly is designed with an overmolded & wired pivot to snap into the customers housing this innovative USB cable assembly allows the whole assembly to be hidden in a cavity until needed.

Our customer came to us with the design brief, ‘we need to design a USB cable that can be packed away until required’.   We worked with in tandem with the customer and developed a plastic molded pivot which allows the cable to be hidden in a cavity until required, pretty neat!

One end of the cable assembly is a USB2.0 A type plug, the other a 4 pin 1.25mm pitch wire to board connector.

Contact GCT to discuss your custom molded cable assembly requirements, the minimum volumes and tooling charges might surprise you!

To view GCT’s wide range of custom overmolded USB cable assembly click here

Custom USB cable assembly with molded pivotUSB Cable Assembly - Molded Pivot1.25mm pitch wire to board cableUSB cable assembly - Type A USB2.0 plug

Pin Header for USB Thru Hole footprint

GCT has developed a pin header for USB thru hole footprint.   The footprint matches the standard USB2.0 A type, full size standard.

A customer has designed their PCB for USB and during the final phases of the design wanted to have the USB connector mounted in the outer panel of the equipment.  This simple pin header for USB thru hole footprint allows users to switch to a panel mount USB interface, via a simple wire assembly, without the need for a main PCB change or an additional PCB to support the panel mount USB socket.Pin header for USB thru hole footprint

GCT can offer the appropriate USB cable assembly with a panel mount, cable mounted USB A receptacle.

As this is hot of press we haven’t uploaded this to our website yet , so please contact GCT for more details.

Edit 29th Jan 2016:  Also take a look at the GCT overmolded cable assembly pages, where you may request custom USB cable assemblies.

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