A UK company has developed a novel connectivity and anti-theft device for bicycles that incorporates Internet of Things (IoT) hardware, application software and a cloud-based management system. They are seeking manufacturers of bicycles or cycling accessories, with experience in hardware (circuit boards) and electronic devices to produce the device under white label to enhance their product range, via manufacturing agreement.
A 2021 survey found that around 90% of cyclists who experienced bike theft in the UK, Netherlands and Germany had locked their bike. Bike theft remains a major problem globally, and with an increase in the number of cyclists during the pandemic, the demand for more effective security for cyclists has grown.
A UK company has developed a new anti-theft device that incorporates smart connectivity and tracking technology for bicycles. The system is designed to empower bicycle and Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) manufacturers to provide products that are smarter, more connected and capture detailed customer insight through cyclist behavioural data.
Cyclists benefit from advanced anti-theft and tracking features for a more secure and connected riding experience.
The hardware module (printed circuit board and power source) combines vibration, accelerometer, roll over and 6 axis gyro sensors, with eSim (embedded SIM card), GSM (Global System for Mobiles), Bluetooth, GPS (Global Positioning System) and integrated alarm into a device measuring 93mm by 25mm by 1mm and weighing 30g.
The UK company is seeking bicycle or accessories manufacturers with experience in manufacturing devices which could incorporate the elements above (and might also include their components, eg printed circuit board and power source) to produce the devices and add them to their product line, under white label manufacturing agreement.
- Type of partner sought: The UK company are looking for bicycle and accessory manufacturers or other companies within the cycling market who are looking to offer an IoT connectivity, anti theft and tracking solution their customers. They should have experience in the manufacturer of smart devices and hardware to be attached onto bicycles or LEVs.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Type: Industry
Activity of partner sought: Manufacturer of cycling or bicycle accessories/devices designed to be attached to bikes or LEVs.
Specific role of partner sought: Manufacture of bike anti-theft device (a device that includes GPS and Bluetooth capability and a printed circuit board) under white label manufacturing agreement.
The device can be fitted on or within a bicycle frame to make any bike a smart bike. The patented power management system can last up to four weeks on a single charge.
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Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted - UK and Europe