Interview with designer Akif Ekin (AE), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Ekin Smart Patrol Smart Patrol.

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Interview with Akif Ekin at Wednesday 27th of April 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
AE : Reducing traffic accidents, providing safer traffics & saving people’s lives

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
AE : We wanted to make smarter the light bars which are already in use in police vehicles, in order to collect data and detect the violations.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
AE : Smart Patrol has been implemented after two years’ work.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
AE : as ekin, we wanted to make a difference in human lives by reducing traffic accidents and providing safer cities.

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
AE : Smart Patrol, the first truly mobile smart patrol in the world with 360 degree surveillance was developed and designed by ekin Technology. It has been already in use in 3 countries for 2 years now. We have just unveiled our "ekin Smart Patrol Bike", the world’s first speed enforcement and automatic number plate recognition bicycle, at the Intertraffic Exhibition, the largest platform for traffic technologies, which was held on April 5-8, 2016 in Amsterdam. It is a product which was based and designed upon the success of the ekin smart patrol. As a game-changer in smart traffic and traffic safety products, we will continue innovate new smart traffic and traffic safety products.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
AE : Police departments, military services, ambulances

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
AE : There is no other design that can achieve plate recognition, face recognition and speed detection at the same time while the vehicles are on the move.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
AE : Smart Patrol is the world first patrol that is able to detect speeds and recognize plates while the vehicle is on the move.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
AE : ekin Smart Patrol is based on ekin Technology’s own software and design with high technology solutions.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
AE : ekin Technology not only develops, but also designs innovative and smart solutions in the area of critical infrastructure security, public safety and traffic safety. We believe that without a clever design, no powerful product is complete. That’s why as ekin Technology we put as much work and effort into the design of our products as we put into the development of them. As strong believers of the importance of a successful design, we decided to submit our design to an international design competition.