Have you ever got your bike stolen? Do you always monitor your bike when you leave it behind just to go to a store or go get a coffee? You have tried some GPS trackers but they were no good?
I present to you a solution to your problems!
The device can be hidden inside of a custom bike light, under the seat or be as a part of a steering handle. As the project advances and goes into a more serious production, an agreement can and will be made with more popular brands of manufacturers so that the device is hidden in the frame or anywhere in the construction, but also with the ability of the receiver to be exposed in a subtle way.
Communication will be based on Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) which is a Low Power Wide Area Network radio technology standard.
|NB - IoT||10-15km||Sensor reading, tracking, fleet management||Subscription, sim card|
|Bluetooth||20m||Close proximity readings, smart homes||High comm. rate|
|GSM||35km||Long range capability||High power demand|
The obvious choice for this particular type of device is the NB-IoT and this disadvantages can be resolved by making a contract with a telecom operator and thus providing the customer with a subscription based on the economics plan.
Since this technology doesn't drain the battery, life of the device is prolonged by a large margin compared to not using the GSM standard. The battery life can last up to a year without charging as the device is mostly in sleep mode because of the non constant usage.
It is running on ATmega328 microprocessor, including the GPS module that finds the device location and a RTC (Real Time Clock) that puts the device in the correct state.
The device is currently at a second version which is currently being developed. The first prototype was functional and presented at a local hackathon at Split, Croatia where it won 3rd place.
I believe that is just the start and this idea has a long way to go, so if you have the same opinion please follow and like this project!