GPS Bike Trackers and Smart Locks
Looking to add some peace of mind for your expensive bike purchase?
A new breed of devices are using GPS in combination with sensors and your smartphone to track your bike on a map, unlock it without a physical key, or receive an alert if it's moved out of a certain zone.
Additional features some of these products enable:
- Social Bike Sharing -- Allow your bike to be used by friends, family and even neighbors when you like..
- Biking analytics -- Log your latest ride stats, total miles covered during the year, etc
- Crash Alerts -- Severe crashes can be detected using accelerometers and have alerts sent to family members.
Here are a few of the options on the market to get you started:
"BIKECOP is a GPS-powered security device that will alert you the moment your bike moves unexpectedly and begin tracking it if it is stolen.
The touch of a button on the BIKECOP APP will file a police report, alert your social networks, and report the theft to regional stolen bike registries."
Price: **Not Yet Available
"Protect Your Ride. Get Peace Of Mind With GPS Tracking And Tamper Alerts.
The BikeSpike uses a combination of GPS technology to locate your bike and cellular technology to share that location in real time. This allows you to see where you bike is at any point in time via the web application or the mobile application, whether it is safely locked in the garage or flying down the street between the legs of a bike thief."
Price: $129 (pre-order, expected 2014)
Service Fee: $4.99-$6.99 per month
Battery Life: 3-4 weeks expected
"Bitlock: The world's first keyless bike lock to enable low cost peer-to-peer bike sharing among individuals and communities.
Lock and unlock your bike seamlessly without even having to reach your pocket! Simply walk up to your bike and press the button on BitLock to lock/unlock. Bitlock senses your proximity and identifies you as you come within 3 feet of your bike"
Price: $119 (pre-order, expected August 2014)
- No service fee for crowdfunding backers, TBD for everyone else
Apps: Apple, Android
Battery: Bitlock can handle 10,000 lock/unlock operations on a single battery. (Enough for 5-year battery life with 5 lock/unlock operations a day)
"Turn any bike into a smart bike with Helios Bars
"All Helios Bars come equipped with a low-power GPS module that allows you to track your bike's location from anywhere in the world. Simply slide in a pay-as-you-go SIM card and you're ready to go. Send your bike a text message (SMS) when you want to retrieve its location, and you'll receive an SMS reply containing a Google Maps link to its current location."
Price: $279 (pre-order expected April 2014)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS Module & SIM
Features: Turn signals, proximity lighting
"Keyless - No more keys! Use your smartphone as an e-Key to easily lock and unlock your smart bike lock.
GPS - Bike GPS tracking to locate your bike if it goes missing or remember where you left it and share your location with friends.
Share your smart bike lock e-key with friends and family and monitor your bike's location - great for checking whether the kids are en route to school."
Price: $249 (pre-order expected mid 2014)
Connectivity: Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS 900/1800 dual-band module & SIM
Apps: Apple, Android, Microsoft
Battery: LOCK8 includes a magnetic induction system, so the battery charges while you’re cycling.
Sensors: Three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, light, temperature
"Mobiloc features a self-locking laser cut key entry system that prevents criminals from removing the device or the lock.
The Mobiloc™ optional GPS system will send an alarm to you by call, text or both as soon as the locked mobile device moves from the location where you secured it. Moreover, you can track the location of your bicycle or other mobile property right from your smart phone or from your computer using our specialized tracking software."
Price: (Not Yet Released)
Service Fee: Unknown
"Spybike is a covert tracking device that is hidden inside your bicycle steerer tube. The device is disguised to look like a normal head set cap to avoid suspicion. If someone steals your bike, you can use SpyBike to track their movements online and on your mobile"
Service Fee: No (Use your own SIM)
See also: SPYLAMP2, the same device hidden in your bicycle light
Units not made specifically for Bikes:
- PocketFinder Personal GPS Locator: $129 - 2 inches in diameter and 1.4 ounces
- CatchAThiefGPS: $199
- Spark Nano: $169 W/ Service plan of $29.95 per month
- Amber Alert GPS: $218
- iTrack GPS Tracker: $129.99 iTrack 2.0 $199
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