Product life cycle

Aptus always strives to be at the cutting edge of access control products for apartment buildings. We do this by continuously developing our products and services. This means that we sometimes phase out older products to make room for new ones. Below we explain the various stages of the phase-out process.

New product development

A new product normally starts as a customer need that ties in with our business concept. We perform a feasibility study to determine whether to start a new project.

Project

We have identified a need for a new project, and have put together a project team. This is done with the help of Assa Abloy’s product innovation process, in which customers’ requests are an important source of information to help us decide what properties the product should have.

Beta testing

Once the product is ready for production and has been thoroughly tested internally by Aptus, we manufacture a small number of units for customer field testing. We contact a few customers who are willing to be beta testers, and we maintain continuous contact with the installer and the end customer to monitor the product’s function. Beta testing must go on for at least three months before we can approve the product for the next phase.

Product on the market

This is the normal phase when the customer comes into contact with the product. Aptus sells, manufacturers, improves, maintains and provides support for the product, unless we only are a distributor of the product, in which case we do not perform all of these steps.

Product phase-out

If we have a new product that is a direct replacement of an older product, we reach out to customers and prepare them to transition to the new product or product family. We may decide to phase out products even if there is no direct replacement product, for instance if there is no demand for them or if there are other ways of meeting customers’ needs. Regardless of the reason, phase-out normally takes place gradually, unless for some reason it suddenly becomes impossible to manufacture or source the product, for instance if parts are no longer available.

Development stops

From this point on, we stop adding new functionality to the product. If possible, subject to having access to the right development tools and skills, we fix major bugs and security issues.

The product remains available for customers to purchase as usual. The product may be removed from our price list, especially if there is a suitable replacement product.

Spare parts

Only spare parts or small add-on components for existing facilities are sold; the product will not be used for new systems.

Discontinuation

Beyond this stage, we promise no support whatsoever for the product. We may provide assistance, parts or repairs, depending on the available expertise and remaining stock. We often set ourselves the goal of continuing to supply the product, at least as a spare part, up until this date. However, sometimes problems arise, for instance a lack of parts, that make this impossible.

 

Phase-out

 

Please note: This list only includes products that we haven’t already announced as discontinued. For information about older products, see earlier communications from Aptus.

Goal: We aim to continue supplying the product, at least as a spare part, up until this date. However, sometimes problems arise, for instance a lack of parts, that force us to discontinue the product earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

Item number/Information

Product/Product family

Development stops

Spare parts

Discontinued

 

 

 

 

 

The AC700 series with expansion card

 

Incl. AC/BC/TC

AC500

12/31/2015

12/31/2015

12/31/2018

Incl. AC/BC/TC

AC600

12/31/2016

12/31/2016

Goal: 2022

KKBT-INTERFACE

Circuit board for BT interface

12/31/2012

12/31/2018

Goal: 2022

10-120-00

AA UK/4 4 door interface

12/31/2012

12/31/2018

Goal: 2022

KKPT INTERFACE

Circuit board for PT interface

12/31/2012

12/31/2018

Goal: 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Incl. AC/BC/TC

AC700

12/31/2018

12/31/2019

Goal: 2022

90-910-20

AA NI/3 Network interface

12/31/2018

12/31/2019

Goal: 2022

KK485 INTERFACE

Circuit board for 485 interface

12/31/2018

12/31/2019

Goal: 2022

KK485PTRINGA-INT

Circuit board for 485PT Ringa interface

12/31/2018

12/31/2019

Goal: 2022

KK485BT-INT

Circuit board for 485BT interface

12/31/2012

12/31/2018

Goal: 2022

 

 

 

 

 

MC1 series

 

 

MC1 Master/Slave

12/31/2018

12/31/2018

Goal: 2021

90-900-115

MC1 battery incl. installation kit

12/31/2018

12/31/2018

Goal: 2021

90-900-129

MC1-I/O internal

12/31/2018

12/31/2018

Goal: 2021

90-900-130

MC1 battery x 2 incl. installation kit

12/31/2018

12/31/2018

Goal: 2021

10-121-80

MC1 battery

12/31/2018

12/31/2018

Goal: 2026

 

 

 

 

 

Reader

 

90-670-34

AD 70/MA

 

12/31/2018

12/31/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry phone system

 

Spare part AT10/30/70

KKAT10

 

12/31/2016

12/31/2019

Comments: AT 10/30/70 incl. variants has previously been discontinued.

 

 

 

 

 

Lock

 

 

 

 

90-909-20

Motor lock, APTUS

12/31/2018

6/30/2019

12/31/2020

 

 

 

 

 

Software

 

 

SW 7.16

12/31/2015

 

12/31/2020

 

Agera SA, 7.16

12/31/2015

 

12/31/2020

 

Web service, Bokning, 7.16

12/31/2015

 

12/31/2020

 

Web service, Titta, 7.16

12/31/2015

 

12/31/2020

 

MA Web service (various functions)

12/31/2015

 

12/31/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

FDB

12/31/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web service, Titta, 8 x

3/30/2018

 

12/31/2018 or next major version

 

Aptus Web Service/Doorman

3/30/2018

 

12/31/2018 or next major version

 

Aptus GateAccess

3/30/2018

 

12/31/2018 or next major version

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aptus GateAccess (only MA v. 7.16)

12/31/2015

 

Only version 7

 

Operation monitoring SOS/Alarm

12/31/2015

 

Only version 7