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Gemalto peddles module so Mobike can extend bike sharing beyond China

Steve Rogerson
July 6, 2017

Dutch digital security company Gemalto is helping Mobike extend its IoT-based smart bike sharing platform beyond China by providing a secure internet connection.
Gemalto's Cinterion M2M module and MIM machine identification module have been embedded in the smart bike lock to transmit location data and operate the lock remotely. As Gemalto's modules are pre-certified with all major network operators worldwide, this collaboration allows Mobike to launch the service worldwide faster and more easily, and other connected services can be added in the future.
"Innovation has put us in the leading position and made us the largest smart bike-sharing service provider in China and the world," said Joe Xia, co-founder and CTO of Mobike. “Our next milestone is to launch our IoT based solution in more countries worldwide, and provide a convenient service to commuters and contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Gemalto's track record in delivering end-to-end secure connectivity and pre-certified solutions helps make seamless connections within the global market. Gemalto is with us in China, and as we expanded into our first international markets of Singapore and Manchester. Our on-going collaboration will help Mobike's international expansion plans."
The IoT based bike-share scheme lets users conveniently locate the nearest bikes in real time at their exact location by using an app. This also lets the Mobike platform smartly monitor the health status of each bike, manage hot spots and distribute its fleet of bikes based on user demand for better safety, high operation efficiency and meeting unmet last-kilometre urban mobility needs.
"Mobike has experienced a tremendous success in China and we feel this can be replicated in other markets with growing demand for more convenient and environmentally-friendly commuting," said Suzanne Tong-Li, SVP in Greater China and Korea for Gemalto. "Connected bikes hold huge potential for additional mobility capabilities, such as on-demand connectivity, biometric authentication, user-preference-based personalisation services and other mobility services."
Gemalto had 2016 annual revenues of €3.1bn and customers in more than 180 countries. Its more than 15,000 employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalisation and data centres, and 30 research and software development centres in 48 countries.