On your IoT bike
German telco Deutsche Telekom is putting wheels on the Internet of Things with a connected bike. In tandem with cycle maker Canyon, the company has developed a two-wheeler featuring a small comms unit which gathers information about how the bike is performing. It also enables riders to call for help in an emergency as well as providing protection against theft through its GPS location nous. And, with the help of a smartphone app, cyclists can keep track of the likes of chain or brake-pad wear, order parts and watch video tutorials installing them.
Wear-and-tear data is also transmitted to a cloud platform which can be accessed by the manufacturer, dealer or fleet operator. Telekom says the former can use this data to optimise their products and improve collaboration with suppliers, while the app offers dealers a direct service channel to the customer. Via the cloud platform, bicycle fleet operators will always know when it is time for a service.
Telekom has also been working with agricultural machinery manufacturer Claas, connecting tractors and combine harvesters to improve harvesting processes. Using the mobile network, the smart combine harvester sends for tractors to pull the trucks when the grain store is full. The harvester also collects weather data and evaluates it, so when there's the threat of rain, say, the system will suggest that the farmer go at maximum speed rather than try to minimise fuel consumption.