sMPL platform will help Mobike monitor the real-time location and overall status of its bikes including quantity, position, and traffic information
Qualcomm Technologies is to begin LTE multimode field trials in China in partnership with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) and smart bike sharing company, Mobike.
The field trials intend making use of China Mobile’s 2G/4G multimode network and Mobike’s smart lock, supported by the Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 global multimode LTE modem for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The LTE connectivity and integrated GNSS position-location capability in the MDM9206 LTE modem is designed to help Mobike customers identify an available bike, speed the unlock process of the smart lock and assist with real-time management – all while providing Mobike with continuous monitoring of the bike’s status.
“China Mobile Research Institute has been actively boosting the development of IoT and exploring new IoT business opportunities,” said Madam Huang Yuhong, the DGM of China Mobile Research Institute.
“This planned field trials with Qualcomm Technologies and Mobike will further expand the applications for LTE IoT (eMTC/NB-IoT) in areas such as smart bike sharing and smart travel.
“We will conduct cross-industry integration and innovation to boost ubiquitous IoT solutions and the smart IoT life by jointly working with the China Mobile 5G Joint Innovation Centre, and taking full advantage of China Mobile’s vast GSM network and technology leadership in eMTC/NB-IoT,” she continued.
In addition, the MDM9206 global multimode LTE modem together with Qualcomm Technologies’ low-power Bluetooth solution will be used in the smart Mobike Preferred Location (sMPL) platform to support sub-meter level positioning, helping Mobike monitor the real-time location and overall status of its bikes including quantity, position, and traffic information from different regions.
This platform is also designed to provide operations personnel with smart instructions for the delivery, scheduling, operation and maintenance of the bikes.
“Mobike pioneered the world’s first smart bike sharing platform, and we are committed to addressing the challenge of short-trips with innovative technologies and solutions and bringing bikes back to the city,” added Joe Xia, co-founder and CTO of Mobike.
“Currently, more than 4.5 million smart bikes operate on the Mobike system, which are equipped with the exclusive, independently researched and developed smart locks. Using connectivity capabilities such as those of the MDM9206 LTE modem with integrated GNSS supporting GPS BeiDou and Glonass, Mobike has become one of the largest mobile IoT systems in the world.”
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