Today we continue with the 6th installation of the mini series. For newer backers, this mini-series will walk through the design, development process, and functionality of each customized bike component.
- Mini Series #1 – Biometric Access Module
- Mini Series #2 – Removable Battery
- Mini Series #3 – Airless Tires
- Mini Series #4 – Frame Design
- Mini Series #5 – The “Invisible” Kickstand
- Mini Series #6 – Antitheft System
Motivation and functionality
Back when we first started to design Reevo, we knew from the very start that we wanted to build a robust security system into the bike. Bicycle theft is a huge problem worldwide, and a stunning bike like Reevo is likely to attract even more attention. We did our homework, and quickly realised that many bikes are stolen simply because the owner is too lazy to lock the bike or forgot to carry a chain / keys. Basically, preventable mistakes. We believe that these are fundamental human errors that could easily be solved by technology. Technology that makes it more convenient for owners, and takes away the possibility of unintended mistakes.
Triple Barrier Security System
We’re very proud of the security system that we’ve developed for Reevo. In fact, we consider it one of our key innovations in addition to the hubless wheel.
We wanted to create a security system that solves the forgetfulness and laziness of owners (like ourselves – guilty as charged), and what better way to begin than with a key that you’re born with – your fingerprint. Previously, we’ve covered the biometric access module in detail in our inaugral Mini Series, so we won’t be elaborating too much here. You can refer back to Mini Series #1 for more information on how the fingerprint module functions.
The biometric sensor allows you access to your bike via a unique key that is always with you and can never be lost. But there is still the question of the locking mechanism. As avid bikers ourselves, we always hated carrying around bulky chains, so we decided to build an integrated electronic lock that deploys when the “invisible” kickstand (Mini Series #5) is swung down.
Locking the bike via the biometric sensor (or app) activates an electronic actuator that prevents the kickstand and wheel from being released, thus securing your bike. This mechanism was designed to prevent the bike from being ridden without your permission. No bulky chains needed!
The next barrier is an integrated motion sensor that activates when you lock the bike. When activated, this sensor continuously scans for movements on the bike. At this stage, the GPS is not yet activated to conserve battery and data. If a movement is deemed suspicious according to a dedicated chip in the bike, an alarm will go off to act as a deterrent, eliminating up to 87% of the risk according to our research.
Concurrently, a phone call (robocall) will be made to your registered phone number to alert you in real time. At this stage, the GPS module is also turned on and primed for action. Tracking begins when the bike leaves its defined geofence around the parking area. You’ll be able to follow the bike’s movements on your phone via the Reevo app.