What is IoT (Internet of things)
IoT (Internet of Things)
, refers to the concept of connecting different physical objects to the Internet and to each other. This enables them to collect, exchange and analyze data, as well as automatically interact with their environment. To achieve this, these objects, also called “hardwares” are equipped with communication protocols such as cellular, bluetooth…
Connected bicycles are an example of how IoT can be used. These bikes are equipped with sensors and communication technologies that enable them to collect and exchange a variety of information.
The applications of this technology are manifold:
- User experience: Connected bikes enhance the cyclist’s experience. Thanks to fun services, the brand can create a relationship with the rider and provides customer services.
- Geolocation and theft protection: With an IoT device, bicycles are equipped with GPS , enabling the cyclist to know the geographical position of his bike. This is an important aspect in the fight against theft, as it makes it possible to monitor the bike’s position and be alerted to any suspicious movements.
- Predictive maintenance: By analyzing the data collected, it is possible to monitor the wear and tear of bike components, to anticipate breakdowns. Predictive maintenance helps avoid accidents caused by deterioration of components.
- Understanding product use and improving performance: Thanks to all the data collected, IoTs enable cycle industry players to understand how their products are used, so they can improve performances.
Why can iot help limit bike crashes?
IoT devices play a major role in the safety of cyclists and their bikes. Thanks to on-board technology, the connected bike can detect and prevent accidents. By communicating with the environment around it, it can spot approaching vehicles, even in blind spots. In these situations, the bike can send signals to indicate its presence and speed. It can also alert the cyclist to take appropriate action. The C-V2X technology developed thanks to the move to 5G enables these functionalities. Connected to the internet, the bike continuously receives and transmits information.
Road traffic data collection
As part of a drive to increase cycling, IoTs can be used to collect road traffic data. By combining data from numerous connected bikes, it is possible to carry out an in-depth analysis of road traffic. This data can help identify peak times, busiest routes, recurring areas of congestion and specific traffic behaviors.
In addition, connected bikes can be fitted with sensors that measure speed, acceleration, and bike movement. These sensors provide data on traffic speeds in different areas, variations in cyclists’ speed according to road conditions, as well as slowdowns and traffic jams.
Data collection on road conditions
Some connected bikes are equipped with sensors capable of detecting road conditions such as pothole, roadworks in progress, etc. This information can be shared to alert other road users and contribute to better traffic management.
From an urban development point of view, the data collected by connected bikes is useful for traffic management services, municipalities or organizations responsible for infrastructure planning. This data provides valuable information for improving the efficiency of transport networks, optimizing traffic lights, planning bike lanes and making urban development decisions.
Help in distress situations
Connected bikes can be equipped with emergency alert functions, enabling the cyclist to quickly report a distress situation. For example, by pressing an emergency button or using an associated mobile app, the cyclist can send an emergency notification with his or her exact position to predefined contacts or assistance services.
Thanks to LTE-M technology offering worldwide coverage, the electric bike can be located more quickly so that assistance can be provided.
A protective solution for electric bike users
After the price, safety is the second biggest barrier to the purchase of an electric bike. IoTs enable connected bikes to offer a safer experience for cyclists. Connectivity improves the cyclist’s experience by preventing breakdowns, anticipating and avoiding collisions, alerting emergency services and making the cyclist more easily accessible in the case of an accident. In this way, cyclists can take full advantage of the benefits of electric mobility while enjoying the peace of mind of a safer driving experience.
Discover velco’s solutions for reducing electric bike accidents
The safety of the cyclist and his electric bike is an essential aspect of Velco products. That’s why maintenance plays an important role in our solutions. Thanks to our white-label mobile application, brand can support cyclists in the regular maintenance of their bikes. Also, depending on usage, the cyclist can receive alerts to maintain key parts such as brakes, tires and gear. Proper maintenance of these elements reduces the risk of accidents and offers the cyclist an optimal experience.