Since the founding of Prothelis AG in September 2014, the up-and-coming start-up has developed rapidly and steadily. Prothelis now has a 36-strong, international and interdisciplinary team of developers, programmers, product designers, graphic designers, as well as technical and marketing specialists.
Creation of the idea
The case of the missing Mirco touched me a lot at the time, Yücel Taspinar, family man and founder of Prothelis AG, and so I dealt with the question of how the loved ones can be better protected. In doing so, I became aware of the tracking and rose to the challenge.
The technology available at the time for the production of GPS trackers was not satisfactory, as it was still very susceptible to failure and underperforming. However, since I didn't want to compromise on quality, I got together with developers and the research started.
Since the company was founded in 2014, we have designed and optimized the technical, optical and ergonomic requirements of our first GPS tracker GRETA in-house.
For reliable technology, we developed and patented our own innovative GPS antenna. After the first waterproof prototype was designed, it had to undergo numerous stress tests. Only when, after several attempts, all of our demanding requirements were fully met, such as the precise location and at the same time robust properties of GRETA, that we went into series production in Willich, near Dusseldorf, and launched the Sale in November 2017.
The start of our product portfolio was the all-rounder tracking system GRETA, which is protected with three patents and was launched in autumn 2017.
On the basis of GRETA, we are currently designing the alarm system "HENSEL" for bicycles. The GPS technology we used at GRETA is used here for theft prevention. The principle is simple: HENSEL detects when the bike is moved outside the set radius. It triggers a 100db loud siren and notifies the owner by phone call.
HENSEL is fully controllable via Low Energy Bluetooth and has all the location functions and features from our company: If the bike is somehow stolen, you can locate it at any time via the app and notify the police. In addition, HENSEL will be able to record and share your tours via the app.
On the way, you can always see the current speed, altitude meters as well as the remaining distance and the expected arrival time – so HENSEL is also a real route planner! Expected release is in spring 2019