Smartphone Bicycle Alarm System on Kickstarter
BikesBeFound hopes to eliminate bike theft, to an extent. The Kickstarter project proposed is a security device that links the bike to the smartphone. No prototypes, CAD images, or mechanical workings are provided so we’ll just have to use our imaginations…
The system is to consist of two components: (1) a USB rechargeable GPS tracking device/alarm that lodges in the frame and (2) a smartphone app. The app will activate the device in the same way a car alarm activates. While activated, if the bike is touched, the tracking device will scream bloody murder while sending the user app-alerts. If the thief still takes the bike, a route is recorded along with current location. The alarm can only be stopped via smartphone.
While reducing theft, this system could spawn unnecessary chaos at the bike rack after a strong wind gust. For this reason, I hope the alarm sensitivity is adjustable. I’m curious also as to how they will mount this inside of the frame for easy remove. BikesBeFound has about 2 months to make its Kickstarter goal of $35,000. Estimated cost of the rig is less than $100.