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Pioneering Curve Bike light & GPS tracker launches to help cyclists stay safer on the road

Pioneering Curve Bike light & GPS tracker launches to help cyclists stay safer on the road

The tracker combines leading industrial design with global connectivity for safety on and off the bike.

  • Vodafone launches Curve Bike light & GPS tracker – an all-in-one bike safety solution keeps riders safe, visible and connected.
  • Features an intelligent rear brake light that responds dynamically to speed, as well as GPS tracking, Impact Detection and Help Alerts – letting family and friends know if a rider needs help.
  • Addresses cyclists’ concerns about road safety and bike theft.
  • Now available to purchase online.

Vodafone have announced the next addition to its consumer smart tech offering with the launch of the Curve Bike light & GPS tracker. The new device is available to purchase for £79 (plus from £3 a month connectivity subscription fee)..

With an ultrabright LED and three light modes that automatically brightens when braking, Curve Bike light & GPS tracker gives cyclists a safer ride no matter what time of day it is. The device combines intelligent lighting with GPS tracking and connection to Vodafone’s global network with a built-in Smart SIM providing assurance that the rider is safer and that the bike is secure.

image of the Vodafone Curve Bike tracker mounted on a cycle in motion
The Vodafone Curve Bike tracker mounted on a cycle in motion.

The new IoT device features a ‘Security Mode’ with ‘Movement Alerts’ that activates a siren (107dB) if the bike starts moving. This will then send location alerts straight to your smartphone and enable the live location to be tracked in the Vodafone Smart App. GPS tracking means the rider can view each ride in the app, logging distance and duration.

‘Impact Detection’ and ‘Help Alerts’ can also notify a rider’s trusted contacts if a fall is detected, sending either a push notification, SMS or an automated call to let them know where the rider is.

The pandemic has sparked a cycling revolution in the UK, with a 20% year-on-year increase in cycling. With more British people cycling than ever before, the launch of Curve Bike light & GPS tracker provides an ideal solution for both new and experienced cyclists looking for greater peace of mind on the road and when storing their bike.

Research by Vodafone revealed that poor visibility and dark conditions on the roads [53%], fear of being hit from behind [44%], poor bike security [26%] and being in an accident unnoticed by others [26%] are among the top concerns troubling riders in the UK[1].

Designed to meet riders’ needs on and off the bike, Curve Bike light & GPS tracker has been co-created with cyclists. With a lightweight design, long-lasting battery, easy-to-set location zones and a security bolt to help prevent theft, the all-in-one bike safety solution combines form, functionality and durability.

image of the Curve Bike tracker working with the Vodafone Smart app
Close up of the Vodafone Smart app working with the Curve Bike tracker.

Curve Bike light & GPS tracker joins the Curve family of tracking devices built on Vodafone’s IoT platform. It follows Neo – the kids smart watch developed in collaboration with Disney which launched earlier this year – and the multi-use Curve smart GPS tracker.

To find out more visit the Vodafone UK website.

Max Taylor, Consumer Director, Vodafone UK comments: “Curve Bike light & GPS tracker is the latest addition to our exciting range of smart tech products. The tracker, which was co-created with cyclists, helps to provide a safer commuting experience and is designed to provide reassurance to both the cyclist and their loved ones – something that people crave to ensure their journey is enjoyable and as worry-free as possible”.

The key features of the Curve Bike light & GPS tracker include:

  • Intelligent brake light: responds to rider speed and shines brighter if they brake suddenly.
  • Ultrabright rear LED: up to 40 lumens when braking and three light modes – blink, pulsate or solid beams.
  • Impact Detection and Help Alerts: notifies riders’ trusted contacts if they have a fall. Sends a push notification, SMS or automated call to let them know where they are.
  • GPS tracker with built-in Vodafone Smart SIM: uses GPS tracking so riders can track each ride in the app or follow their bike in real-time if it moves without them. Unlike Bluetooth-only trackers, it has a built-in Vodafone Smart SIM that connects to the Vodafone network so the bike can be checked from a distance.
  • Security Mode with siren and movement alerts: if bike is moved when Security Mode is armed, a 107dB siren sounds and sends a movement alert to the cyclist’s phone so they can track the live location in the app. Riders can disarm these features remotely in the app.
  • Ride insights: riders can create a profile for their bike and see the history of their rides.
  • Zones: these can be set from the Vodafone Smart App, enabling riders to get alerts when their bike enters or leaves a Zone.
  • Curve Bike light & GPS tracker is sleek, durable and waterproof certified IP67, fitting easily onto the bike’s seatpost. It includes a security bolt to help prevent theft, and if the bike can’t be located when parked, the Vodafone Smart App can be used to make the device play a sound.
  • Easily charged: twist off the light and remove the tracker from the seatpost to charge.
  • The tracker lasts up to 4.5 days on standby and the light up to 7.5 hours when in use.

Curve Bike light and tracker is not connected to the brake on the bike and instead detects deceleration, so may not detect all braking occurrences. Not all impacts and movements may be detected and Zone notifications may not be immediate. Restrictions around addition of trusted contacts may apply. App-controlled features and accuracy of location subject to Vodafone network coverage and GPS signal. Connectivity subscription required and Terms apply. See FAQs for more info. Never operate your phone when cycling and continue to use all additional safety measures you would normally take when operating a bike.

Source; Vodafone

Rambus and Cybertrust Partner to Secure Connected Devices

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Cybertrust selects Rambus CryptoManager™ Infrastructure for secure device management and software updates  

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – May 18, 2017 – Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS) today announced a partnership with Cybertrust Japan Co., Ltd. (Cybertrust), a leading provider of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solutions and a subsidiary of SoftBank Technology Corp.(JPX First Section: 4726), to deliver secure key provisioning and security services for connected devices spanning from enterprise multi-function printers to connected cars.

This collaboration combines the Rambus CryptoManager Infrastructure, a secure provisioning and key management system, and the Cybertrust PKI solution, to secure communication from device-to-cloud and for over-the-air (OTA) software updates. The joint solution brings two leading security providers together to deliver a turn-key platform that addresses the increasingly complex security challenges for connected devices.

“Connected device management including periodic OTA software and data updates are critical for manufacturers and service providers,” said Yasutoshi Magara, president, Cybertrust. “This joint solution optimizes highly secure, in-field device updates, safeguarding sensitive information and mitigating cyber-attacks.”

“We are excited to partner with Cybertrust, a leading security provider committed to securing critical systems,” said Martin Scott, senior vice president and general manager of the Rambus Security Division. “Our combined expertise brings an innovative secure solution that delivers a robust platform, shielding devices from attackers and securing these OTA updates.”

Rambus CryptoManager Infrastructure provides secure key provisioning and key management services for device lifecycle management. CryptoManager provides lifecycle cryptographic security management necessary to secure connected devices over public networks. Services include:

  • Provisioning of keys during semiconductor and device manufacturing
  • Controlling critical test and debug traces
  • Enabling feature and device settings
  • Securing in-field key provisioning
  • Over-the air-updates of device software and firmware

Source: Rambus