Obike Partners Unabiz In Adopting Geolocation For One Million Bikes on Sigfox Global Network

oBike – Singapore’s first homegrown smart, stationless bike-sharing company partners UnaBiz - Asia’s first dedicated IoT (Internet of Things) network operator, to roll out geolocation services for one million bikes on Sigfox Global LPWA (Low-Power Wide-Area) Network, starting with Singapore and Taiwan.

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For bike-sharing companies - cases of misuse, vandalism, illegal parking and bike lost have cast a shadow over the popularity of their services. Pressure from regulators is also an ongoing global issue. As an early adopter of new technology, oBike is tackling the problem head-on.

Presently, the operator’s bikes are connected to their bike-sharing app via Bluetooth and 3G/4G network. When a user concludes his or her ride, the user’s phone will send a signal of the bicycle’s last location to oBike’s cloud so that the service provider can put its location back on the map. The issue is that if a bike is moved when locked, oBike will not be able to track and trace it - that is where UnaBiz can fill the gap. 

By using Sigfox's LPWA network, the bikes will be able to transmit their location data at regular intervals directly to oBike'scloud without relying on the user's Bluetooth or Cellular network. Sigfox's long-range, low-power technology allows oBike to monitor their bicycles around the world more efficiently and effectively.

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With timely updates on the locations of bikes, oBike is able to operate more efficiently by matching the demand and supply of bicycles according to the areas of need. This not only helps to curb irresponsible behaviours such as illegal parking and bike hogging, but also reduces the problem of theft and vandalism.

Recently, the Land Transport Authority has set out mutually agreed guidelines with bikesharing companies to improve public safety and reduce inconveniences caused by public shared bikes. Under the agreement, operators will have to adopt geo-fencing technology by the end of this year.