Global telecommunications giant Vodafone has joined the bike sharing craze originated in China by agreeing to provide Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity services for Chinese bike sharing company Mobike in Singapore, Mobike's first venture outside of China.
Vodafone connectivity will support the key features of the Mobike service including the GPS navigation, which helps consumers locate and book available bikes, and the proprietary QR code-based locking system. The GPS system is powered by a solar panel which removes the need for manual charging.
Unlike other traditional bike sharing schemes that require customers to return bikes to dedicated racks, Mobikes can be securely parked in any authorized location in a city.
"Vodafone's market leading IoT platform is helping to power successful sharing economy players around the world," sa...
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