Job Title: Team Leader Hardware Development
Name: Konstantin Ewers
Education: Communications Electronics / Diploma Electrical Engineering
What do you do as a hardware developer mobility?
I’ve been a hardware developer for over ten years at INVERS, the inventor of automated vehicle sharing. With locations in Siegen, Cologne and Vancouver, we are developing the technology behind shared mobility offerings such as car, scooter or e-scooter sharing. Our product range goes from the white label app on the end user devices over the backend for operators up to the telematics in the different vehicles – and exactly here, with the telematics, I come as a hardware developer into play.
In order for the hardware to work flawlessly behind various Shared Mobility offerings, I spend a lot of time watching the market, practically testing new technologies, analyzing vehicles and continuously working on our products. This is especially important because the sharing market is very dynamic and therefore the technology used must evolve continuously.
How did you come to this task?
I am a trained communications economist and wrote my diploma thesis at INVERS. Above all, I was enthusiastic about the start-up character with flat hierarchies and many opportunities to develop further. This is no longer self-evident in a company that has existed for over 25 years. Today I am a team leader in hardware development.
Which feature helps you the most in your everyday life? Why?
In fact, some features are especially important – perceptiveness, empathy and analytical thinking. These properties help to develop efficient solutions. Most customers come to us with a concrete solution. But in the beginning it is essential to understand the problem – only then can we search for a tailor-made solution. In hindsight, this is sometimes different from the original desire of the respective customer.
What is most important to you about your job? What is the most fun?
Fortunately, I have a very varied job. No two days are alike, and although I prepare a rough roadmap for the day ahead on the way to work, it can change completely – sometimes even before my first cup of coffee. However, it is also important to me to have the opportunity to develop where you feel most comfortable and to be able to accompany projects from the first idea through to deployment at the customer.
Describe as clearly as possible a project that has particularly impressed you.
That’s not so easy, there have been many projects in the past that have inspired me. For example, we were able to integrate our telematics hardware in scooter models of a major Asian scooter-sharing operator. The special thing was that the customer has already operated a large fleet with several thousand scooters. However, the existing solution was not optimal for scaling, so we were able to introduce our hardware. I traveled to the customer with a few colleagues to present our solution on-site to the scooters. Since then his scooters are on the road with our solution. We were able to prove that our hardware is successful far beyond Germany.
Another project that inspired me was the entry into the e-scooter market. Due to market dynamics, it was necessary to develop a good product in the shortest possible time. We worked very successfully together in a small cross-departmental team and were able to present a great solution in record time. This has once again shown that we have a start-up DNA, but also greatly benefit from the experience of over 25 years. Other milestones I’ve been involved with and that demonstrate the versatility of our team are our projects with Emmy, Coup or Flinkster – these services are also based on INVERS technology.
My job is indispensable because …
… the telematics are just as important for a sharing operator as the vehicle fleet itself. With our hardware, we create the interface between the server and the vehicle. This makes a sharing operation as we know it today – without manual key handover.
If you were not a hardware developer, what would you be?
That is a difficult question. I’ve been interested in technology since my childhood and am completely satisfied with my job. But maybe I would have become a science teacher.
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