The Chinese-based company integrates LoRa Technology to track bicycle locations and reduce operation costs.
Semtech Corporation, announced that ofo, a leading Chinese bike sharing company, is equipping its bicycles with LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa Technology) to complement its licensed spectrum connectivity options to achieve full network connectivity even in remote areas and dense buildings.
Globally, ofo currently operates in more than 180 cities providing approximately 10 million bicycles and 25 million rides daily. The bicycles are outfitted with GPS/GLONASS trackers that transmit data via the Cloud to an online application allowing ofo and its users to pin-point the location of the bicycles. LoRa Technology and the LoRaWAN™ open protocol provide ofo with reliable connectivity across wide areas as the company grows its business globally.
“Ofo is a pioneer in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT) and has pioneered the application of NB-IoT, NFC, BLE and other IoT technologies,” said Xue Ding, Co-Founder at ofo. “On this basis, ofo will continue to explore other IoT solutions as we constantly reduce operating costs and improve operation level. Semtech’s LoRa Technology is one of the best choices and ofo is willing to work with global partners to promote a green riding culture.”
“With its global interoperability, the LoRaWAN open protocol’s capabilities are complementary to licensed spectrum networks to provide customers with full-complete coverage in remote areas,” said Mike Wong, Vice President of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “Long-range, low-power and ease of deployment are crucial for companies that are scaling at the rate like ofo is, and LoRa Technology provides all of these features.”