AT&T partners with Qualcomm and Mobike for smart cycling project

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James Pearce
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Mobike, a smart bike sharing service, will use AT&T’s LTE connectivity combined with Qualcomm’s LTE internet of things modems to promote urban cycling in US cities

AT&T has partnered with Qualcomm and Mobike to launch a project that supports a bike-sharing service in the US.

Mobike, a smart bike sharing service, will use AT&T’s LTE connectivity combined with Qualcomm’s LTE internet of things modems to promote urban cycling in US cities.

The connectivity in the bikes enables users of the Mobike app to locate, unlock and securely pay to use one of its bicycles, whilst also monitoring the status of the bike.

AT&T’s network will allow Mobike to capture detailed usage data from every bike, according to a demonstration at this year’s Mobile World Congress Americas.

“By providing IoT connectivity for Mobike, we’re advancing both the sharing economy and the future of smart cities in a meaningful way,” said Chris Penrose, president, internet of things solutions, AT&T. 

“This relationship is allowing us see some of the tangible benefits of how IoT can help address significant social and environmental challenges. In turn, using IoT for good to create lasting benefits for our world.”

Mobike, which first launched in Shanghai in April 2016, currently manages more than 7 million smart bikes across 160-plus cities globally with the entire fleet is GPS-enabled.

Joe (Yiping) Xia, Mobike founder and CTO. “Our solution depends on advanced connectivity capabilities such as those of Qualcomm’s MDM9206 global multimode LTE modem, combined with the robust support of AT&T’s network. 

“We are pleased to have support from mobile communications industry leaders like AT&T and Qualcomm Technologies, who are helping Mobike provide the convenient and dependable user experience that is our hallmark.”