Beijing was once a city of personal bicycles and domestic brands such as the heavy but reliable Flying Pigeon were all over the capital before cars and scooters began to proliferate as China quickly developed.
We show you every Monday extraordinary technology or cool gadgets that we find interesting – little gadgets that make everyday life easier or just fun. This Monday: Smart Bike Sharing GPS Lock , the keyless bike lock that connects to your smartphone.
Beijing was once a city of personal bicycles and domestic brands such as the heavy but reliable Flying Pigeon were all over the capital before cars and scooters began to proliferate as China quickly developed.Today, bicycle shops are selling fewer and fewer bikes as cycle sharing becomes the norm.”These share bikes have taken away our business”, says Chen Wei Dong, 43, a bicycle salesman in the Chinese capital.
The hire cycles he refers to largely belong to two companies and the Chinese capital now swarms with the yellow bicycles of Ofo, and the metal and orange ones of Mobike. These two firms, the dominant players both founded in Beijing, are now becoming global leaders in a newfangled business that marries technology, transportation and cutting-edge big data applications.
Public bicycle-hire schemes have appeared in cities before (think London’s “Boris Bikes”,Personal GPS Homing Device, a service initiated by then London mayor Boris Johnson in 2010), but the bicycles that Mobike and Ofo operate work differently in one crucial way: they don’t need to be docked and locked in specific places.
In Beijing, GPS Cell Phone Tracking Device and many cities around China and the world, Ofo and Mobike bicycles can be found wherever its most recent user leaves them. Users download a proprietary app on to their phones, register an account and deposit payment (from 199 yuan, about Dh115, to 299 yuan, depending on the company). Once registered, users simply walk up to any branded bicycle, scan the QR code displayed on the bike, or input a pin, and the bicycle automatically unlocks, leaving the user to ride it away.
Smart Bike Sharing GPS Lock is the f bike lock that unlocks without a key. You do not even have to pull your device out of your pocket, just press a button on the lock to open or close it. You can also locate your bike via GPS, and because several key users can be entered in the associated app, the intelligent lock also enables bike sharing programs. Smart Bike-Sharing GPS Lock is doubly secure: reinforced and heat-treated steel do not give bolt cutters any chance; hackers are not allowed to use digital encryption, which is also used in online banking.
More information at https://goo.gl/rCSzGm.