In recent years, cycling has boomed in popularity, and this has led to growth in the premium bike market. Cars have had anti-theft devices for many years, but until now, the bike industry was lagging behind. IoT is the solution to improve bicycle security. Here are 3 ways IoT is about to change bike security:
Security and Tracking Systems
Instead of constantly worrying about your bike parked outside, IoT enabled locks can send notifications to your smartphone the moment your bike moves unexpectedly from a parked position. It can also allow you to set off an alarm remotely to scare away potential bike thieves and stop them in their tracks. If those systems are unsuccessful, you’ll know your bike’s exact GPS location at all times and have the ability to track your bike from the moment it is stolen and send a police report at the touch of a button.
No more having to worry about forgetting your keys, losing them, or fiddling with your lock trying to get it opened. IoT will allow you to effortlessly lock and unlock your bike by just walking up to or away from it. This feature will also enable bike owners to share their bikes with friends and family via their smartphones, allowing them the same keyless access through permission settings via an app on your smartphone.
Finding a Parking Space
Bike parking on a busy street downtown can quickly turn into a 20 min excursion if there are no free bike racks available. It’s easy to imagine a complementary system being incorporated into the bike racks themselves that would show you the locations of the racks nearby and where there is a free space available.
Existing Bicycle Security System by Sherlock
Sherlock, a Turin-based developer of internet of things (IoT) enabled security products for bicycles, has signed a three-year deal with Orange Business Services to support its worldwide business with connectivity and management. With Sherlock, cyclists no longer need to worry about having an expensive bike stolen. The Orange collaboration with Sherlock proves how digital transformation can be a disruptive force, creating new services that respond to people’s changing needs and expectations.
Sherlock’s after-market solution incorporates a small device that is designed to be hidden in the handlebars of a bicycle and a mobile application for service management. The device incorporates a GPS module for tracking and a GPRS module for internet connectivity and low-energy Bluetooth that will use Orange’s embedded SIM cards.
The solution is supposed to work as a unique identifier for a bicycle through a “bike passport” which is a digital document designed with the support of Turin’s police force and adds an extra layer of security as it is virtually impossible for a thief to find.
If activated via Bluetooth, the bike owner will receive real-time notifications on their smartphone if their bike is moved or tampered with, and should it be taken track its location. This information can also be shared with police using a temporary tracking code. The addition of Orange’s SIM cards will enable the product to work out-of-the-box anywhere in the world using international roaming capabilities.
Improving Overall Cycling Experience with IoT
There are many products with similar features currently being developed and about to hit the market. IoT can make bicycle parking easier, more convenient and less worrisome, hence improving overall cycling experience.