Everything is getting smart these days. We’ve got smart phones, smart watches, smart homes, etc…, and now we’ve got smart bicycles thanks to products such as Yon Bike Lamp by Nastek Tecnologia, a Brazilian company, that can track and report your bicycle location for riding statistics and/or in case of theft.
There are not that many technical details, but we do know the bicycle taillight features Telit GL865-QUAD GSM/GPRS module supporting 4 GSM bands: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, compliant with eCall European directive, and that’s control using Python scripts. The chip most probably helps with location tracking thanks to m2mLOCATE service which accesses a database of over 40 million cell-IDs.
The light gets its location via GPS, and connects to the outside via GSM/GPRS and SMS. You can either login to a website or via an Android or iOS app in order to access the light statistics and location. If it also possible to send an SMS to the light, and once it wakes up from sleep mode, i.e. when the built-in accelerometer detects movement, it will reply with a link to its location. Beside the tracking features, it can also be used a a standard taillight…
There’s no mention of availability outside the Brazilian market, nor pricing. Yon Bike Lamp is not the first IoT / M2M products for smart bicycle, and others products are also available, or soon will be, such as Helios Bars, and Pegasus Skylamp 2 which has the same functionality as Yon Bike Lamp and sells for $148.
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