Smart e-bike monitoring system: real-time open source and open hardware GPS assistance and sensor data for electrically-assisted bicycles

Kiefer, Chris and Behrendt, Frauke (2015) Smart e-bike monitoring system: real-time open source and open hardware GPS assistance and sensor data for electrically-assisted bicycles. IET Intelligent Transport Systems. ISSN 1751-9578

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Abstract

The smart e-bike monitoring system (SEMS) is a platform for the real-time acquisition of usage data from electrically-assisted bikes (also called pedelecs or e-bikes). It is autonomous (runs off the bike battery), replicable (open source and open hardware), scalable (different fleet sizes) and modular (sensors can be added), so it can be used for further research and development. The system monitors location (global positioning system), rider control data (level of assistance) and other custom sensor input in real time. The SEMS data feeds an online interface for data analysis, for riders to view their own data and for sharing on social media. The basic system can be replicated by other researchers and can be extended with modules to explore various issues in e-bike research. The source code and hardware design are publicly available, under the General Public License, for non-commercial use. SEMS was implemented on 30 bikes and collected data during 10 months of real-word trials in the UK. This study details the design and implementation of the hardware and software, discusses the system use and explores features for future design iterations. The SEMS turns singular e-bikes into a networked fleet and is an example of the internet of things in the cycling context.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: open hardware global positioning system; SEMS; custom sensor input; smart e-bike monitoring system; electrically assisted bike; source code; rider control data; general public license; location monitoring; real-time usage data acquisition; networked fleet; social media; real-time open source; data analysis; online interface
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: Q Science
T Technology
Depositing User: Chris Kiefer
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 11:12
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2015 11:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56887
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