In a first for Singapore, bike sharing firm oBike to implement geofencing
Singapore bike sharing company oBike is the first to announce that it is implementing a geofencing feature for its shared bicycles, the company said in a news release on Friday (27 October).
Within the app, bicycle parking zones are marked by blue polygonal shapes and the letter “P” to help users located designated bike-parking zones.
oBike says its geofencing feature covers over 1,100 parking zones, 150 bus stops, 50 MRT stations and more than 800 yellow boxes.
According to oBike, users who do not park their bicycles within the designated bicycle
parking zones or within the geofenced areas will receive a notification in the app saying their bikes have not been parked properly.
After the six-month trial period ends, 10 points will be deducted from users who do not park within the geofenced areas each time. Recalcitrant users will not be allowed to use oBike’s services when their points are depleted.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Land Transport Authority and bike sharing operators on 5 October this year to encourage responsible use of bicycle sharing services in Singapore.
All five bike sharing services in Singapore elected to implement geofencing technology in their bikes to ensure the shared bikes are parked properly.