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How does bluetooth for bike sharing work?

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Askerin

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Hi everyone,

 

I've been searching the net for hours and have not been able to find an answer to my question, so I hope someone here might be able to help. I was not sure in which forum to place this, so please feel free to move it.

 

So here is my question: How exactly does the bluetooth technology work for public bike sharing? I keep reading that you are asked to download the app, register, scan the QR code on the bike and then it somehow unlocks via bluetooth. But how does this happen exactly? Does your smartphone receive a key from a server that allows it to pair with the bike? But then they say that you do not need internet for this. And is it always a different key?

And how does the lock open? Does it get an information from the smartphone "hey, I'm the one" and it springs open?

I am confused ...

 

Please use simple terms since I am not really familiar with this technology. :-P

 

Many thanks

Askerin


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 Hi Asterkin and welcome to our forums.

:welcome:

Take a look at this article:

https://blog.bluetoo...or-bike-sharing

 

Hopefully it answers your questions

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Hi paws,

 

thanks for the welcome and for your reply! I had already read this article but unfortunately it does not cover everything. It says "Some of the shared bikes can be unlocked by scanning a QR code by smartphone. The smartphone then sends the QR code information to the cloud for verification, and cloud notifies the bike to unlock through the cellular network because the bikes have cellular module inside them." > So this does not have anything to do with bluetooth, right?

Later "Open the app, and after scanning the QR code, the app will prompt that the user to enable Bluetooth if it isn’t already. The unlocking process is smooth and easy." > But how does this unlocking process work? What happens so that the smartphone can tell the lock to open via bluetooth?


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Hi Asterkin,

You're welcome. :D

I don't think I can explain it any better than the article I linked to...

 

However if you are still puzzled, then maybe the following will help

http://www.onbikesha...w-it-works.html

 I sure hope so.

Regards

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Thanks, paws! I might write the company and see if I get a response from them.


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:thumbsup:


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