Halo and Las Vegas Launch Driverless Car Service Powered by T‑Mobile 5G

 5G is beginning to power everything from connected farms to connected cars! Today, Halo launched one of the first commercial driverless car services in the U.S. running on the T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) 5G network in Las Vegas. With Halo, visitors and residents can quickly summon a sleek, driverless all-electric Halo with the push of a button. A driverless Halo then arrives at the pick-up location and the rider hops in and drives to their destination.

 

Halo has operated on the T-Mobile 5G network since it began driving on Las Vegas’ public roads earlier this year. Halo is collaborating with local municipalities to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) to address traffic congestion and carbon emission challenges by connecting public transit systems to on-demand, driverless cars. The company expects to begin offering rides to customers later this year with service initially available in urban parts of the Las Vegas Valley. When fully deployed in the city, Halo has the opportunity to replace the need for thousands of personally owned cars, creating a more traffic-free, carbon-free, blue-sky world.

“Driverless cars! Fueling this kind of startup innovation is part of why we’ve built the biggest, fastest and most reliable 5G network in the country,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “Innovation and driving change for the better is our DNA at the Un-carrier, and we’ve unleashed a 5G network that will transform industries and change our world for the better. I can’t wait to see what comes next as we work with startups, developers and entrepreneurs like Halo building the next big thing in 5G!”

A People First Approach Towards Autonomy
Halo’s service is safe and easy to use. Riders will simply summon a driverless EV via a mobile app. A driverless Halo arrives at the pick-up location and the rider hops in and drives to their destination. Upon arrival, no parking is needed — the Halo moves driverlessly to its next pick-up location.

With its proprietary RemotePilot technology, Halo trains in-house drivers to remotely operate the driverless car over T-Mobile’s 5G network. Halo has developed an Advanced Safe Stop mechanism enabling its cars to immediately come to a full stop if a potential safety hazard or system anomaly is detected. Using an advanced Artificial Intelligence algorithm, the car also learns in the background while humans control the vehicle, building a unique feedback loop to achieve Level 3 capabilities over time.

“Full autonomy is a massive challenge from both a technical and social trust perspective that won’t be solved for years to come,” said Anand Nandakumar, the founder and CEO of Halo. “But Halo has been designed to address these challenges by building automation over time starting with a solution that consumers will feel comfortable using today.”

Halo, a graduate of the 5G Open Innovation Lab co-founded by T-Mobile, is an early leader in driverless and autonomous car technology. Founded by executives from Uber, Cruise Robotics, Proterra, Amazon, and more, Halo is poised to serve a global $2.5 trillion-dollar transportation market creating local jobs with an innovative, on-demand car-sharing model.

“For years, Nevada has been a hub for innovation in autonomous vehicles and a leader in this space,” said Justin Jones, Clark County Commissioner of District F and Vice Chair of the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission. “Halo and 5G technology offer an intelligent transition between where we are today and where we want to go in the coming years, giving residents and visitors a better, more energy efficient way to move throughout this great city.”

T-Mobile 5G, A Platform for Autonomous Car Innovation
T-Mobile is America’s 5G leader with the largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network. Its 5G network is a platform for innovation that covers 300 million people with nearly 2x more geographic coverage than AT&T and 4x more than Verizon. And with Sprint now part of T-Mobile, the Un-carrier is widening its lead, lighting up Ultra Capacity 5G across the country, bringing fast 5G speeds to more places than anyone else. Ultra Capacity 5G can deliver speeds around 325 Mbps with peaks of 1 Gbps, and now covers 150 million people.

“Driverless vehicles require a network with high capacity, broad coverage and low latency, making T-Mobile 5G a perfect match for developers such as Halo,” said John Saw, EVP of Advanced & Emerging Technologies at T-Mobile. “There is a lot of work to do on the path to full autonomy, and Halo is taking a unique and intelligent approach to get there.”

With its supercharged 5G network as the foundation, T-Mobile is fueling innovation and building the 5G ecosystem with a number of initiatives. The Un-carrier collaborates with universities and standards bodies to support 5G research and development.

Source: T-Mobile

 

Bloomberg partners with selected cities to build back better

Three-year grants will fund innovation teams, or “i-teams,” to help mayors leverage data and digital technologies to enhance public services and create new value for communities.

Reykjavik is one of the cities to benefit from the Bloomberg initiative

Reykjavik is one of the cities to benefit from the Bloomberg initiative

 

Six global cities are to share grants and technical assistance totalling $17m aimed at accelerating their digital transformation to help improve the lives of residents and boost recovery from the global pandemic.

The three-year investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies will fund innovation teams, or “i-teams”, to help mayors in each city leverage data and digital technologies to enhance public services and create new value for communities.

Innovation teams will be funded in six cities (mayors in brackets): Amsterdam, Netherlands (Femke Halsema); Bogotá, Colombia (Claudia López); Mexico City, Mexico (Claudia Sheinbaum); Reykjavík, Iceland (Dagur Eggertsson); San Francisco, California (London Breed); and Washington DC (Muriel Bowser).

Digitally inclusive

These six cities were selected as Bloomberg Philanthropies partners based on the success and ambition of their current digital efforts and their mayors’ commitment to creating more digitally inclusive and connected cities.

“These six cities are already raising the bar for innovation in the public sector,” said Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City.

“This investment will help supercharge their work to bring city services into the digital future, deliver better results for residents, and share lessons with other cities around the world.”

According to Bloomberg, City governments often struggle to boldly address issues such as sustainability and economic mobility because responsibility for these concerns spans multiple departments.

“Bogotá is radically changing the way it relates to its citizens and responds to their needs. We are determined to innovate to move towards a collaborative, agile and transparent government model that improves people’s quality of life”

Meanwhile, many city halls lack the staff and internal capacity to rigorously test and adopt new ideas. The i-teams programme was established in 2011 to drive change more effectively, and the teams work to spread a culture of creativity and risk-taking within local government.

This year’s i-team grants are the first to focus specifically on digital innovation, reflecting the important role data and digital services played as cities quickly reconfigured services during the pandemic, as well as the growing demand and interest in cities to build on these gains inclusively.

Each of the six cities will select a high priority challenge or issue for the i-team’s initial focus, such as transforming how residents receive public health services, reducing application times for city-run services, or digitising urban planning processes to increase resident participation.

“The effort to accelerate our digital transformation of public services in Reykjavik is intrinsically linked to our vision of the future as we continue to build a truly liveable city where all citizens have the ability to thrive,” said Dagur Eggertsson, mayor of Reykjavík.

“We are grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for this boost to our efforts and are looking forward to the next three years working with and learning from our colleagues in the other great i-teams cities.”

“The effort to accelerate our digital transformation of public services in Reykjavik is intrinsically linked to our vision of the future as we continue to build a truly liveable city where all citizens have the ability to thrive”

“Being one of the Bloomberg Cities i-teams is unprecedented news for Bogotá,” added Claudia López, mayor of Bogotá.

“This support will be fundamental for the digital transformation of our capital city and its consolidation as a smart territory. Bogotá is radically changing the way it relates to its citizens and responds to their needs. We are determined to innovate to move towards a collaborative, agile and transparent government model that improves people’s quality of life.”

Cities’ successes

Bloomberg Philanthropies plans to document and share the cities’ successes and lessons learned so that other cities’ digital innovation efforts can benefit, as well.

Bloomberg Philanthropies reports it has funded i-teams in more than 40 cities around the world to date. The Tel Aviv i-team spurred the creation of ‘Digitaf,’ a programme that expanded and streamlined resident access to early childhood services.

The team in Mobile, Alabama, reduced urban blight by 53 per cent. Meanwhile, teams in Seattle, Long Beach, and Baltimore played central roles in helping mayors respond to the Covid-19 pandemic by working with underserved residents to develop various testing, vaccination, and contact tracing efforts.

Source: Smart Cities World

New car market recovery squeezed by supply issues


  • 186,128 new cars registered in June, up 28.0% on same month last year when most dealerships reopened after first lockdown.
  • Uptake down -16.4% on 10-year June average and down -26.8% year to date.
  • Consumer confidence steady but global semiconductor shortage impacts vehicle supply chain.

New car registrations in June grew 28.0% year-on-year to 186,128, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)’s latest figures. The monthly performance was again artificially lifted through comparison with June 2020, when the UK began to emerge from the first pandemic lockdown and showrooms in England opened up at the beginning of the month.

Compared with the previous decade average, however, monthly registrations were down -16.4%, while total registrations for Q2 2021 fell short of industry expectations by around 9,000 units partly as the ongoing global semiconductor shortage acted as a limiting factor on supply.1 As a result, overall registrations for the first half of the year are down -26.8%.2

With the latest SMMT research showing electrification could create 40,000 new jobs by 2030, plug-in vehicles continued to increase market share.3 Combined, battery electric (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) accounted for 17.2% of new vehicles hitting the road (31,981 units). BEVs accounted for more than one in 10 registrations (10.7%). PHEV uptake, however, continued to grow faster than BEV uptake for the third month running, following reductions to the Plug-in Car Grant in March.

Private registration numbers were positive but subdued compared to large fleets, reflecting an ongoing trend for the year with consumer uptake increasing 30.6% year on year, compared to 47.8% for fleets.

All vehicle sizes – bar executive and multi-purpose – saw growth in June, with the strongest growth seen in the mini segment, which had been relatively weak for several months. Superminis were the most popular car class, accounting for 34.1% of registrations, followed by lower medium (26.8%) and dual purpose (24.5%).

While economic confidence continues to strengthen, with some independent forecasts for GDP growth reaching 8% in 2021, new registrations still remain adrift of pre-pandemic levels. Returning to the previous decade average of 2.3 million new car registrations per annum, and for that total to be electrically-driven, consumers need certainty about the future with long term government commitments to incentives, and confidence in the rollout of charging infrastructure nationwide.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:

With the final phases of the UK’s vaccine rollout well underway and confidence increasing, the automotive sector is now battling against a ‘long Covid’ of vehicle supply challenges. The semiconductor shortages arising from Covid-constrained output globally are affecting vehicle production, disrupting supply on certain models and restricting the automotive recovery. However, rebuilding for the next decade is now well underway with investment in local battery production beginning and a raft of new electrified models in showrooms. With the end of domestic restrictions later this month looking more likely, business and consumer optimism should improve further, fuelling increased spending, especially as the industry looks towards September and advanced orders for the next plate change”.

Source: SMMT

NAPIT and Co-Star collaborate on UK distribution

NAPIT and Co-Star have reached an agreement that will see Co-Star offering logistical support and stock fulfillment for NAPIT’s various publications to their B2B and B2C customers via NAPIT’s  e-commerce platform.

I-Fulfilment | Global Fulfilment and Logistics Solutions Provider

Co-Star have a state of the art distribution center located close to the A1M and work closely with the UK’s leading courier companies offering late cut off times to ensure fast delivery times for the companies we work with.

We have over twenty years of experience working with some of the UK’s largest technology companies and offer outstanding levels of customer service.

If you would like to discover more about Co-Star and the logistical services that we offer please contact us. Tel: +44 (0) 1423 340066 e-mail: sales@co-star.co.uk

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About NAPIT

NAPIT are a leading Government approved and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited membership scheme operator in the building services and fabric sector. They  currently have more than 15,000 NAPIT registered installers in the electrical, heating, plumbing, ventilation, micro generation and building fabric trades across the UK domestic, commercial and industrial markets.

LKQ Euro Car Parts Group Goes Live with Microlise Proof of Delivery Solution Across 3,000 Vehicles

LKQ Euro Car Parts, the UK’s largest distributor of parts for all makes of cars and LGVs, has just deployed Microlise’s full Journey Management and Proof of Delivery (POD) solution across its network of 3,000 vans.

SmartPOD, the mobile App of Microlise’s full Proof of Delivery (POD) is designed to provide visibility of delivery operations and minimise supply chain challenges. Drivers will have access to delivery and consignment information via the Zebra TC77 device, with  delivery activities tracked electronically. Additional software features will also support task management, driver communication and provide access to site notes and manifest information.

Journey Management will help LKQ Euro Car Parts understand schedule adherence and trip status in real-time to deliver proactive customer service. It gives the business the ability to monitor the performance of order delivery SLA against what actually happened both in real-time – on a schedule execution or customer service specific display – or by using historical data. It also provides the data required to effectively debrief drivers by exception against route and schedule adherence with guided navigation helping drivers to use the most efficient routes to reduce mileage.

According to Tony Shearer, Branch Operations Director at LKQ Euro Car Parts:
“We have been impressed with the Microlise team during planning and go live and are already seeing the improvements and benefits set out at the start of the project, across areas such as improved utilisation and enhanced customer experience.

“Our aim is to deliver the best customer service possible while maximising our planning, resourcing and communication capacity. We also hope to free up management time by removing many manual processes to focus more energy on the customer journey.”

Source: Microlise

 

RFID Improves Efficiency and Cost Management in Automotive Manufacturing

RFID in Automotive Manufacturing

Like most businesses these days, the automotive industry is affected by competition, the impact of the pandemic and the consequent need to stay profitable. In this new contactless environment, the ability to digitize and connect the entire supply chain making information captured in real time visible and actionable can have a huge positive effect on costs and thus profitability. While most manufacturing and logistics businesses have some sort of automated inventory system and/or barcode technology in place, is it enough?

The more competition heats up, the more need there is for speed and efficiency. While a tight market may seem like the wrong time to spend money on internal systems, it is exactly the right time to reevaluate the effectiveness of existing systems and look for ways to improve.

RFID is reducing costs and improving accuracy and profitability for automotive businesses. Maybe it’s time to look at how improving processes with RFID or IoT technology can improved your business results.

RFID Integrates with Existing Barcode Systems

The great thing about RFID is that you can build on the investment you’ve already made in barcode technology. For example, if you have existing barcode systems, FEIG’s HyWEAR wearable is a hands-free hybrid that reads barcodes and RFID. With both hands free, employees work more efficiently, and the tones produced by the device offer auditory clues to accuracy.

RFID systems can monitor incoming and outgoing shipments, expedite picking and packing and facilitate sequencing e-Kanban and refill control, integrating with your existing systems and software.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Brazilian automotive parts manufacturer that supplies bumpers for cars built in Brazil implemented RFID, replacing manual systems. Because they could plan for production, they saved 6 percent on raw materials. RFID has a unique code for every item, so they were able to quickly locate products in stock. They achieved 100 percent accuracy in order picking and shipping processes and reduced delivery errors by 95 percent.

What Can RFID Do for You?

  • Real-time tracking of assets and inventory. Attaching an RFID tag to eachtool and part in your warehouse, you know where every element is. You lose no time searching for missing equipment or inventory. With RFID, you have at your fingertips exact knowledge of what you have and what you need to order. Use FEIG UHF gate solutions for efficiency, transparency and safety for incoming and outgoing shipments.
  • Optimize workflow. RFID automates workflows from beginning to end. Incoming and outgoing shipments track effortlessly using UHF gate solutions, providing efficiency, transparency and safety. Automatic RFID tracking is highly accurate, so you minimize reading errors. Picking and packing using the hyWEAR family of scanners, hands are free and the device signals whether the picked item is correct.
  • Reduce inventory for e-KanBan. When you know exactly what you have, what is running out and what you need to order, you keep your inventory at a minimum, yet still have what you need when and where you need it. FEIG LRU and MRU RFID detection systems directly control material retrieval.
  • Improve resource utilization. RFID gives you the power to enhance your workforce. Inventory picking becomes an efficient process instead of wasted manpower.

The one thing we can count on is change – 2020 is a clear example. No one could have predicted the impact the pandemic would have on our lives and businesses. Implementing RFID into your automotive manufacturing and warehouse operations gives you the tools to stay agile and flexible for whatever comes next.

Source: RFID Reader News

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TfL to roll out high-speed mobile coverage across Tube network

Mayor fulfils commitment and confirms high-speed mobile coverage across Tube network

“I promised Londoners that if they re-elected me for a second term as Mayor I would deliver 4G throughout the Tube network. It’s already up and running on the eastern half of the Jubilee line and I’m delighted to announced today that I am fulfilling that commitment and full internet access will be available across the Tube, with key central London stations such as Oxford Circus and Euston set to benefit before the end of next year”
One of the platforms at Balham Underground Station on the Northern Line

 

Customers on London Underground will be able to access full mobile connectivity and internet access within every station and tunnel, the Mayor of London has today announced.

TfL has awarded a 20-year concession to BAI Communications (BAI) which will enable mobile coverage on the whole Tube network, helping to remove one of the most high-profile mobile ‘not-spots’ in the UK.

The concession will see a backbone of mobile and digital connectivity established across London.

Uninterrupted 4G mobile coverage has already been introduced on the eastern half of the Jubilee line and will be expanded in phases to ticket halls, platforms and tunnels on the Tube network over the next three years, with all stations and tunnels due to have mobile coverage by the end of 2024.

This will allow customers to check the latest travel information, keep on top of their emails and the latest news, catch up on social media, watch videos or make calls throughout their journeys.

London’s Tube tunnels will also be used to provide full fibre connectivity across the city, which can then be connected to buildings and street assets like street lighting and bus stops.

This will help to further increase mobile coverage through small mobile transmitters, as well as leveraging the power of 5G to deliver city-wide improvements and future growth.

The new high-capacity fibre network will bring fibre directly into London’s neighbourhoods, creating new opportunities to serve homes and businesses with gigabit-capable speeds and supporting digital inclusion.

BAI, who was awarded the concession after a competitive tender process, is a leading global provider of 4G and 5G connected infrastructure.

The agreement will build on BAI’s significant experience of deploying communications networks in highly dense urban environments across the world, including New York, Toronto and Hong Kong.

The neutral host network being delivered as part of this concession will be the most advanced network of its kind in the world and available for use by all mobile operators. The infrastructure will also be 5G ready, allowing for a seamless upgrade for mobile operators in the future.

Five million passengers a day

The London Underground network is one of the world’s largest underground networks and prior to the pandemic was used by more than five million passengers a day.

Once fully delivered, more than 2,000 kilometres of cabling are expected to be installed within tunnels and stations, all of which will be fitted outside of operational hours.

In addition to benefiting customers, providing 4G on the network will generate additional revenue for TfL across the 20-year length of the concession, as well as helping operational teams by providing better connectivity while underground.

To help reduce future disruption, TfL has already begun installing the necessary cabling within a number of stations and tunnels to help reduce the need for additional closures and ensure mobile connectivity can be introduced more easily.

This includes cabling already installed on the Jubilee and Victoria lines, as well as within the Northern Line Extension.

Work will now begin to prepare some of London’s busiest stations for mobile connectivity, including Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Bank, Euston and Camden Town, ahead of them being some of the first to be connected by the end of 2022.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: ‘I promised Londoners that if they re-elected me for a second term as Mayor I would deliver 4G throughout the Tube network.

‘It’s already up and running on the eastern half of the Jubilee line and I’m delighted to announced today that I am fulfilling that commitment and full internet access will be available across the Tube, with key central London stations such as Oxford Circus and Euston set to benefit before the end of next year.’

‘Protecting jobs and stimulating our city’s economy is a top priority for me as London rebuilds after this pandemic, and investing in London’s connectivity and digital infrastructure is central to this.’

Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at TfL, said: ‘London Underground was born in the 19th century, and this concession to deliver mobile coverage to the whole Tube network ensures it continues to adapt for customers in the 21st century.

‘Providing mobile connectivity to customers within the tunnels and on platforms across London will help them stay connected more easily, and will both provide a long-term revenue stream for TfL and support economic growth across the city.’

Boost London’s economy

Billy D’Arcy, CEO of BAI Communications UK, said: ‘Our long-term partnership with TfL will completely transform the passenger experience, as well as helping to boost London’s economy and providing social benefits for years to come.

‘By building the most advanced network of its kind in the world here, we are helping London leapfrog other major cities in terms of connectivity and ensure that the capital remains the most attractive place for investment.

‘Across the length of this concession, we fully anticipate investing in excess of £1 billion across the Connected London programme.

‘We will also establish a new city-wide high-capacity fibre network throughout London and leverage the power of 5G and the Internet of Things to unlock new opportunities for technological innovation.

‘Our extensive credentials delivering large-scale connected infrastructure and networking solutions position us perfectly to capitalise on the fast-growing commercial appeal of 5G enterprise solutions and smart city applications.’

London First CEO John Dickie said: ‘This decision is great news for London and comes at just the right moment to give the city’s recovery a boost. The increase in connectivity and productivity this investment will bring is welcome news for businesses and passengers alike.

‘The new fibre backbone’s effects will go beyond transport, helping the whole of London to get high speed connectivity and supporting the capital in the race to harness smart city technology to improve urban life.’

Since March 2020, TfL has been running a pilot of mobile connectivity on the eastern half of the Jubilee line covering station platforms and tunnels between Westminster and Canning Town.

The pilot section will now be adopted by BAI, which will work to upgrade any assets to its proposed network-wide design.

The network will also help to create a smarter, safer London. It will host the Home Office’s new Emergency Services Network, which will replace the existing Airwave system currently used by the Police, Fire Services and emergency response teams across Great Britain.

TfL has ensured that the latest requirements for the Emergency Services Network are fully incorporated and addressed within the network design.

For more information about TfL’s telecommunications programme – please visit https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/business-and-commercial/creating-a-connected-london

Source: TfL

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

Leicester’s bus shelters to go green as part of new partnership

Artist's impression of how the new bus shelters will look

LEICESTER’S bus shelters are set for a major eco-friendly revamp as part of the city’s ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Leicester City Council has signed a new 10-year contract with leading out-of-home advertising and infrastructure company Clear Channel UK to replace and manage the city’s 479 bus shelters.

Over the next two years, Clear Channel will make a multi-million pound investment into overhauling every bus shelter in Leicester. There will be no cost to the city council.

All shelters will be replaced with new, modern structures that will be built entirely from recyclable materials and feature seating made from recycled plastic.

Wherever possible, shelters will be fitted with solar panels and power smart lighting to cut energy costs. The purpose-designed solar technology will also make installations quicker, easier and less disruptive as less work digging up highways will be required.

Around 30 bus shelters at key locations around the city centre will feature living roofs planted with a mix of wildflowers and Sedum plants to help support local biodiversity and provide more habitats for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

The citywide network of living roofs and solar-powered shelters will be a first for any UK city. It is just one of the steps being taken to help Leicester respond to the climate emergency and cut the city’s carbon emissions.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and transportation, said: “The citywide revamp of our bus shelters will bring huge benefits to Leicester. The new, modern shelters will be great for passengers and the mix of solar power and living roofs will be a major step forward for our efforts to become a carbon neutral and climate adapted city over the next ten years. It will be a perfect complement to our work to deliver a new carbon neutral bus station at St Margaret’s.

“I’m really pleased that we have found a partner like Clear Channel that clearly shares our environmental ambitions.

“It is vital that we find and work with organisations that are willing to innovate to help us cut carbon emissions wherever we can, and support our ongoing efforts to improve local biodiversity. By introducing living roofs on city centre bus shelters, we can further extend our growing network of pitstops for pollinators and further green-up our busy streets.”

Clear Channel’s managing director Will Ramage said: “Leicester City Council has made a huge and decisive step not only to install environmentally conscious bus shelters, but to do it across the entire city. We know that true change comes when we start to roll out these types of innovation at scale.

“The council has shown itself as a leader in reshaping what the UK’s streets could look like in the near future. We could not be happier to be working with such a forward-thinking and environmentally conscious local authority.”

Work to replace the city’s bus shelters is due to begin next month and is likely to take around two years to complete. Clear Channel will be working with partners to ensure that all material from the old shelters is recycled, upcycled or otherwise avoids landfill.

The number of existing paper poster advertising sites across the city will also be reduced as part of the new contract. Select sites at key locations will be replaced with digital advertising screens, powered by 100% renewable energy. The screens – part of Clear Channel’s national Adshel Live network – will be able to display public messaging as well as providing new advertising opportunities to local businesses.

Leicester City Council will receive a substantial annual income generated from the bus shelter advertising revenue.

Greening up the city’s bus shelters is just one of the actions resulting from the first Leicester Climate Emergency Strategy. Launched this month, the new strategy sets out an ambitious vision for how the city needs to change to move towards becoming carbon-neutral and adapting to the effects of global heating by 2030, or sooner.

An accompanying action plan – which will be updated on a yearly basis – sets out an initial programme of over 120 actions that will support the strategy and will help achieve the ambitious carbon savings required.

To find out more visit www.leicester.gov.uk/ClimateEmergency