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e-scooter-sharing arrives in Vienna

Sensefields’ IoT fleet management system features an on-board telematics unit that allows remote communication with the MUVI scooters

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Shared e-scooters provide more smart mobility options for Vienna and Graz citizens
Shared e-scooters provide more smart mobility options for Vienna and Graz citizens

The Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club (ÖAMTC) is launching its shared electric scooter mobility service in capital city, Vienna, and the second largest Austrian city, Graz.

 

Vienna was recently ranked the most liveable city in the Global Liveability Index 2018, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sharing the “ÖAMTC Easy Way” aims to further improve quality of life for citizens. It also boosts Vienna’s green credentials which include emission buses, 1,300km of cycle routes and other environmentally friendly initiatives.

 

The dockless MUVI e-scooters used are from Spanish mobility manufacturer Torrot, which also makes electric bikes and the three-wheel Velocipedo. They can reach up to 45km/h and offer 100km battery autonomy.

 

IoT fleet management

 

The ÖAMTC Easy Way is run by the Sensefields Internet of Things fleet management system which features an on-board telematics unit that allows remote communication with the scooters and an IoT server that centralises communications and management of the entire vehicle fleet.

 

“We decided to collaborate with Sensefields thanks to their ability to listen to our needs,” said Florian Moosbeckhofer, head of innovation and mobility at ÖAMTC. “Both the on-board unit and the cloud-based middleware have been developed according to our specific requirements, the requirements of our cities and our users.

 

“Adaptation, quick reaction and customisation is what makes Sensefields technology and work stand out.”

 

The technology provides a range of features including geolocation capabilities, real-time internal motorcycle status information and remote command orders to control the fleet and ensure a successful, secure and cost-effective service.

“Both the on-board unit and the cloud-based middleware have been developed according to our specific requirements, the requirements of our cities and our users”

If someone tries to use a scooter without having booked it first, security is ensured through theft attempt detection: an alert signal is sent both to the control platform and the vehicle, activating the message on the LCD screen, flashing the lights and blocking the rear wheel.

 

Additionally, the scooter’s position will be constantly monitored in order to allow tracking by the city´s security authorities. The scooter’s top case, which carries two helmets, is also anti-theft protected and the alert message is sent to the platform in case of abuse when the scooter is not powered on.

 

Low maintenance and operational costs

 

Sensefields’ connected vehicle technology supports over-the-air programming (OTA), a feature that significantly saves operation costs. It provides full system updates and feature additions from firmware to operating system level which are sent securely and reliably to the scooter without the need of physical access to its data processing unit (DPU).

 

“Equipping the DPU with OTA capabilities was an added feature that we considered essential as it ensures multiple benefits: it saves maintenance costs for ÖAMTC and offers us quick adaptation capacities to the needs of Easy Way telematics fleet management system,” said, Valentí Molins, the connected vehicle R&D engineer of Sensefields.

 

ÖAMTC is considering launching the service in more Austrian cities in the future.

 

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