On Wednesday 27th of February 2019, the Smart Bike project team gathered all the participants of Smart Bike one last time to officially draw the curtain on the 4 year project. Location of the event were the offices of BikeValley in Beringen. A final overview.
by DSP Valley
The Smart Bike project started in 2015 as cooperation between Flanders BikeValley and DSP Valley. Aim was to look for innovative opportunities in the overlap of electronics and the cycling domain. With a fresh action plan, clear deliverables and kindly funded by VLAIO, the team started its journey through this interesting world. Today, the team looks back on more than 35 identified innovation opportunities, resulting in 16 clear projects and 8 product launches.
Tested and evaluated
At the closing event the Smart Bike demonstrators were presented. A preliminary version of a bike tracker and a monitoring system to measure the position of the cyclist were the two projects in which the team had an active contribution.
During the project the tracker application was used by a professional cyclist whilst training in Lanzarote. The Smart Bike team members also used it on a daily basis to track their cycling progress. Positive about the bike tracker was that the Smart Bike team very early realized the need for this kind of app. Unfortunately the technology partner of the team turned out not to be the one needed. As a result other players on the market came up with a better performing design.
The system to measure the position of a professional cyclist in 3D turned out to be very useful in the wind tunnel testing facilities of BikeValley. But this system needs a very precise and accurate calibration every time it is used. The fact that the position sensors were stuck on a cycling shirt was also a problem. But solutions are possible since BikeValley is in contact with Bioracer, a speadwear manufacturer, and DSP Valley is involved in Smart-X, a European financing program for smart textiles.
Next to these two projects, eight other companies and organizations showcased their Smart Bike demonstrators. These range from a kit to electrify a regular bike over a sensor system to measure the quality of a specific bike lane to a system containing blockchain technology to encourage people to use their bikes more often. The event was setup in such a way that every participant passed by every demonstrator allowing ample time for questions, feedback and further contacts.
Does the official end of the project also mean the end of the cooperation between BikeValley and DSP Valley in this domain? Certainly not! The smart bike is definitely a major topic in the regular working of the BikeValley cluster. Companies with innovative ideas can always contact the former team members for advice, guidance and support. For DSP Valley, these activities are embedded in the Smart City program, where mobility as a whole is a large and important domain to cover. The links between both organizations, established during the project will continue to exist and will certainly result again in fruitful cooperation in the future.
If you are interested in the Smart Bike project or in the Smart Bike demonstrators, don’t hesitate to contact Bjorn Van de Vondel.