Embedding Force Sensors to Command Your Smart Security Applications

Whether it’s an intruder entering a facility after hours, or items in storage mysteriously disappearing over time, these measurable force exchanges can be an indication of foul play. It takes a minimally-invasive force-sensing technology to create a unique security system that can measure these highly-sensitive actions – a prime application segment for FlexiForce™ touch sensors.

One of the most effective uses for FlexiForce sensors is their ability to identify force thresholds to trigger an action by a device or system. Given their ultra-thin and low power properties, design engineers can embed force-capturing capabilities into compact spaces that a typical person may never notice.

Application Example: Golf Cart Occupancy Detection

Golf cart theft can be a frequent occurrence at country clubs, retirement communities, theme parks, arenas, and festival grounds around the world. Golf cart prices can range anywhere from $5,000 to upwards of $15,000 for some of the more luxurious models, but not all models necessarily have reliable security systems.

As this article states, most golf cart models under the same brand are sold with generic keys that are quite similar from one cart to the next. There are certain ways to retrofit a security system onto a golf cart, such as installing a custom key switch or a key pad. Generally, the more common ways to protect against golf cart theft is with wheel lock boots, or by entirely removing the steering wheel, which can be a hassle for the owner.

One smart way to implement an effective, low power security system for golf carts is to embed ultra-thin force-sensing technology – like FlexiForce sensors – into the driver’s seat to monitor occupancy detection. As the sensor detects the weight of an individual sitting on the seat, a signal can be sent to the operator (e.g., via a mobile device) to alert them to a possible intrusion.

Also, since some golf cart models are sold with GPS equipment, this same force-sensing security application could also link to the cart’s tracking module. This can be especially useful for restricting joy riders, who may take the cart out for a spin without the owner’s knowledge, but return it to its original parking spot.

Having the ability to identify force thresholds to trigger an action is just one of the 4 key ways FlexiForce touch sensors can be used in an embedded application. Check out this new eBook to learn about other ways FlexiForce sensors have been used by companies to create smart force-sensitive applications.