Integrating wireless technologies into a lock
Smart Lock is a great and simple solution for keyless living that will make life so much easier for everyone that manages a great number of areas and space, such as hotels, hospitals, congress centers, or public service buildings. Or, in our case, bicycle-sharing systems.
City policymakers increasingly encourage bicycle commuting as city streets grow more congested and polluted by the increasing number of cars in use. The policymakers have recognized that an affordable and easy-to-use public bicycle-sharing system is the first step in getting more commuters to switch to cycling.
ABUS, a German security tech company, recognized the need for improving the existing bicycle-sharing systems and decided to augment their existing bicycle locks with an intelligent electronic system making them an ideal fit for the bicycle-sharing application. Byte Lab was selected for the job because of our previous experience with electronic locks and bicycle tracking devices.
What is it all about?
The idea was to replace mechanical cylinders with an electric motor which opens the possibility to use a digital key that can be transferred between users.
At the time of writing, a pilot program involving 150 smart locks is underway in the Belgian city of Ghent. The smart locks are used as a part of the bicycle-sharing system and make the system easier to use. ABUS is preparing for mass production of the locks.
"We worked closely with the Byte Lab team on several international projects. I was personally impressed with their speed and efficiency. They decreased our time to market which allowed us much greater productivity." I view them as an extension of our own engineering team.
CTO @ EC-IS