China Mobile Group Shanghai Company and Mobike – the popular bike-sharing service – have recently joined forces to trial the latest cellular Internet of Things (IoT) technologies on a live network. The trial provided a more convenient and enhanced bike-sharing experience to Mobike users via new cellular IoT technologies.
Carried out on China Mobile Shanghai’s live network, the trial used Ericsson’s latest cellular IoT technologies to allow Mobike’s IoT-enabled bikes to be located more accurately and extend to areas that traditional coverage can hardly reach, such as underground parking lots. Moving forward, the new technologies will also significantly reduce the time to unlock the bikes and users will enjoy “open upon scanning” without waiting.
New cellular IoT technologies provide better coverage and faster response time with narrower bandwidth and fewer resources than cellular technology. Compared to traditonal cellular networks, it introduces energy-saving and deep-coverage features which enable five-to-seven-fold coverage improvements for operators in the same site environment. The battery life also extends to more than 10 years.