An IoT bicycle-sharing system, IoT public bicycle system, or IoT bike sharing scheme, is a service in which IoT enabled bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis.
Bike share schemes, IoT enabled or not, allow people to borrow a bike from point “A” and return it at point “B”. Many bike-share systems offer subscriptions that make the first 30–45 minutes of use either free or very inexpensive, encouraging use.
An IoT bike sharing scheme is very promising as more than 2,2 million bicyles are already in use world-wide in bike sharing schemes, with China being clearly the leader with more than 90% share.
Ericsson’s IoT bike sharing solution
Many companies are already active in the IoT bike sharing space, but with Ericsson releasing Networks Software 17A last June, things are getting an interesting turn.
The new software enables low-power wide-area (LPWA), with LTE-M and NB-IoT support
It provides four key benefits:
- Supports massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployments by delivering millions of IoT connections per cell site
- Introduces power-saving functionality for NB-IoT and LTE-M, allowing for more than 10-year device battery lifetime
- Extends coverage, with NB-IoT delivering a 20 dB advantage over existing solutions
- Allows IoT module cost reduction to less than 5 USD
IoT bike sharing live trial on a live network
Ericsson, China Mobile Group Shanghai Company and Mobike – a popular bike-sharing service – have recently joined forces to trial the latest cellular Internet of Things (IoT) technologies on a IoT bike sharing service. The trial provided a more convenient and enhanced bike-sharing experience to Mobike users via new cellular IoT technologies.
Carried out on China Mobile Shanghai’s live network, the trial used Ericsson’s latest cellular IoT technologies to allow Mobike’s IoT-enabled bikes to be located more accurately and extend to areas that traditional coverage can hardly reach, such as underground parking lots. Moving forward, the new technologies will also significantly reduce the time to unlock the bikes and users will enjoy “open upon scanning” without waiting.
The successful trial marks an important step forward in the large-scale commercial deployment of cellular IoT in China.
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