Smart bike lock set for release
A new smart bike locking system has been announced by Geotekk, a Norwich-based startup combating bike theft.
The Geotekk Limpet Lock works via a geofence – a virtual geographic boundary set by the owner. If the motorbike is moved outside of the perimeter, an alarm will sound accompanied by a strobe light. The user will also be notified of the breach via SMS message. It is also fitted with an accelerometer – an impact trigger with adjustable sensitivity settings to adapt to different situations.
The Limpet can be attached to a throttle lock on motorbikes. It is fitted with GSM and Bluetooth connectivity, and is accompanied by an encrypted app.
The firm has spent £250,000 on the development of the new security measure, and hopes to raise £10,000 in funding via a November Kickstarter campaign.
Founders James Sheppard and Matthew Leach were inspired to develop the new security device after they became victims of bike crime.
Mr Sheppard said: “Bike thefts are an increasing problem, with criminals going out with wire cutters or even angle-grinders to saw traditional locks off bikes. Statistically a lot of bikes are stolen close to the owner’s home, so getting that alert in the crucial first few moments could allow owners to stop the theft.”
The product is scheduled to hit the market next summer.
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