IoT smart bike sharing enabled by AT&T, Qualcomm

IoT smart bike sharing enabled by AT&T, Qualcomm

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By Rich Pell

Mobike currently manages more than seven million smart bikes across over 160 cities globally featuring the company’s GPS-enabled smart lock. The lock uses Qualcomm’s MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modem, which allows Mobike customers using the company’s smartphone app to identify an available bike, quickly unlock the smart lock, and assist with real-time management while also providing continuous monitoring of the bike’s status.

This dynamic management is enabled by AT&T’s network, which will let Mobike capture detailed usage data from every bike. During high demand, the company says, it can even offer app users incentives to move bikes from more remote locations to more populous areas, thereby helping with smart bike fleet distribution and city planners’ smart urban transportation infrastructure.

“Mobike is the only true smart bike platform that leverages proprietary smart locks with built-in GPS and IoT technology to create a sophisticated and highly adaptable solution to the ‘last mile’ transport challenge in one of the world’s largest fleet of mobile IoT devices,” says Joe (Yiping) Xia, Mobike founder and CTO. “We are pleased to have support from mobile communications industry leaders like AT&T and Qualcomm Technologies, who are helping Mobike provide the convenient and dependable user experience that is our hallmark.”

Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T, adds, “By providing IoT connectivity for Mobike, we’re advancing both the sharing economy and the future of smart cities in a meaningful way. This relationship is allowing us see some of the tangible benefits of how IoT can help address significant social and environmental challenges.”

Vieri Vanghi, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, also adds, “LTE IoT and its continued evolution towards 5G will help support massive IoT use cases and we are pleased to see applications such as smart biking taking advantage today of LTE IoT to offer a new type of service in the U.S.”

Mobike officially launched its smart bike-sharing service in Shanghai in April 2016. To date, its users have collectively cycled over 5.6 billion kilometers – equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by more than 1.26 million tons, or taking 350,000 cars off the road for a year, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WFF) China.


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