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KT launches IoT-based electric bicycle

By Song Su-hyun
  • Published : Jun 22, 2018 - 15:29
  • Updated : Jun 22, 2018 - 15:50
Mobile carrier KT said Friday that it had built an internet of things-based electric bicycle in partnership with bicycle maker Recon Hi-Tech.

Dubbed “Air i,” the electric bicycle uses IoT technologies to reduce the risk of loss or theft.

KT applied its IoT technologies and smart mobility platform to the bicycle in order to connect it to the company’s LTE-M network, allowing users to keep track of the bicycle’s real-time positions and remotely control operations.
 
A model sits on Air i, an IoT-based electric bicycle connected to KT’s smart mobility platform. (KT)

According to data from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, around 30 bicycles are reported missing daily and around 20,000 bicycles per year.

Through the remote control system built by KT and Recon, Air i owners will be able to prevent the loss of their bicycles and also stop them from being resold illegally by temporarily halting the motors of stolen bicycles.

The foldable, 15-kilogram Air i is suitable for public transportation mobility and can run for up to 60 kilometers when fully charged.

“KT will help minimize inconvenient factors in such vehicles by adding smart IoT solutions,” said Kim Joon-keun, head of KT GiGA IoT Business. “The smart mobility platform will also expand to the company’s air quality management platform Air Map in order to contribute to creating an eco-friendly smart mobility environment.”

Recon Hi-Tech plans to build up its IoT and big data capabilities, to boost the smart mobility market, said its CEO Kim Jin.

By Song Su-hyun (song@heraldcorp.com)


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