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Apr 28, 2015 10:21 EST

Connected Cycle Pedals – World’s first pedal prevents bike theft and automatically records all your rides!

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 28, 2015

Connected Cycle Pedals

World’s first pedal prevents bike theft and automatically records all your rides !

 

The first worldwide smart pedal that prevents theft and automatically records  all your rides paths and statistics, without using your phone battery!

Exclusive offer for our Indiegogo backers: 

The included SIM has an UNLIMITED DURATION data plan included which means you will never pay extra fees.

SUPPORTING US

 

1. Turn your bike into a smart bike

Install the pedal just like any other pedal on any adult standard bike, it’s quick and easy!

Start by removing your own pedals and use the provided coded wrench to install your new smart pedals (no mechanical skills required). Then download the Connected Cycle application on your smartphone and follow the instructions to make the easy peering. 

When you have finished you can start using your new smart bike!

2. Enjoy your smart ride

No need to charge a battery or to carry your smartphone during your rides!

The pedal is totally self governing and is able to run everywhere generating its own energy and using its own internet connexion. All bike locations and rides statistics are automatically sent to the cloud and available through the Connected Cycle smartphone application.

Relax and enjoy your ride!

  

3. Keep track of your activity

Follow and compare your activity on every ride!

The smart pedal tracks and records route, speed curve, incline curve, and calories burned on every single trip. Without draining your phone battery.

You forgot your phone at home? You don’t have battery on your smartphone anymore? No problem. All of the datas can be retrieved through the Connected Cycle smartphone application at any time.

4. Keep an eye on your bike at all time, 

Locate it at any time and be warned if someone touches your bike, wherever you are! Even if you are kilometers away from your bike.

Once you have left your bike somewhere, you can easily find the fastest way back to it through the Connected Cycle smartphone application.You are also instantly notified on your smartphone when someone moves your bike (trying to take off the lock for instance).

Now enjoy a coffee break with your friends without worrying about your bike!

The smart pedal can be installed on any adult standard bike!

 

Fixie & Ebike Riders 

Who need to protect their valued bike from theft attempts and follow their performances during their rides.
 

 

Commuters 

Who wish to track their daily bike activity as well as enjoy all the benefits of cycling as a means of transport without worrying about their bikes being stolen.

Anyone with a bicycle 

Who wants to enhance their ride experience and protect their treasured bike.

 

Fits all bikes. The smart pedal can be installed on any adult standard bike.

The smart pedal installation is like any standard pedal, no mechanical skills are required.

The smart pedal is protected with an additive coded screw. Only the user can take it off.

The smart pedal is totally autonomous generating its own energy from the pedalling and uses its own Internet connection working in US and UE. You don’t need to pay any fee, everything is included for the Indiegogo backers, even the pedal specific data plan, for the pedal lifetime !

The pedal automatically records statistics and sends it through the cloud to the Connected Cycle smartphone application whether the user has the smartphone on him/her or not.

Thanks a to a detection movement system, the smart pedal instantly notifies the user on his smartphone when someone moves the bike.

Pedals:

The pedal exists in 5 colors:

Deep Black, Spicy Red, Acid Green, Turquoise Clear Water Blue, Tangerine

IMPORTANT – Availability:

Today, the pedal is working in the European Union (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italia, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden), the USA, Switzerland, Russia, China and Israël. This is mainly dependend from network negotiations with our partner network operator and technical network differences in some countries (for e.g. : Japan). If unsure, see the detailed list in the FAQ.

As we already have demands for other countries, we are already working with our network partners to extend coverage. To help us to open in your country, please register the form that you can access through this link:

Click here to request Connected Cycle Pedals for your country.

 

The Connected Cycle smartphone application:

 

                                      

The Connected Cycle smartphone application  will be available on Android (4.0+) and iOS (7+) platforms .

We wanted a system that would work even if you don’t have the smartphone with you, or have no batteries, or just don’t want to use the battery.

We also needed something that would make the bike position available even if the bike is far from the owner, and that could ealert on bike move even if there is no wifi or bluetooth connexion in the area. 

Therefore we found at that the GSM + GPRS was the most appropriate and reliable technology for this usage. We did a lot of work on the electronical part to minimize energy consumption.

We also choose GPS and Glonass to provide the best accurate location.

As we  also wanted to avoid battery packs or chargers, and all the disagreement that would come with a non autonomous system, we heavily work on self-energy generation system, and found a place where it could work: the pedal.

The pedal generates its own energy while the users cycles.

When user stops pedaling (for e.g. : downhill) , the system still continues to send statistics thanks to a small built-in energy storage.

After the CES and the pedal unveiled, we had a lot of feedback so we adapted the product that we propose to you now:

 

No more fees, included data plan with no duration limit: 

The included SIM has now un UNLIMITED DURATION data plan included.  That means you never gonna have to pay extra fees after 24 month, everything is now included. This is an exclusive offer for our Indiegogo backers.

Pedal straps compatibility: 

We adapted the design so straps can be added to the pedal if you want to. You can add synthetic or any other type of straps (leather…).
 

What we’ve done so far is taking our initial idea to the stage of a working prototype. After developing an embedded bike tracking system for bike sharing operators to help them to find faster their stolen bikes and put them back into the operational fleet, we decided to offer a turnkey solution available for all riders.

We have improved our bike tracking system to have a product which can mounted easily on any bike and which can work immediately, building specific algorithms for low consumption, tracking and activity measurement and working on an elegant but robust casing. We also have developed the Connected Cycle application available on iOS and Android smartphones.

Our strong background in telecommunication systems, software, as well as our mechanical, software and marketing techniques skills allow us to offer a turnkey solution optimized for bicycle riders.

We have a few fully operational prototypes of the smart pedal and have conducted some serious performance testing with them. And we are riding with them. Now, taking the leap to industrial production of a series of thousands requires funding.

But that’s not all. We’re putting the project in hands of the community to open our idea to the public. Your input and opinions are more than welcome to enhance our smart pedal and develop our product range within the next months and years.

 

We expect the campaign to get very high as we had a lot of interest for the product. As we are confident that we can get much higher, we will put new features available when we get over higher goals. 

 

Stretch goal $250k: PEDALING FREQUENCY METER

 

If we reach this goal, we will develop a pedaling frequency meter that will help you to measure your pedaling performances and regularity. The data will be available through the app, after the trip is done.

We will ask our backers community their point of view on the best way they want to see this feature available.

 

We initially began our project 2 years ago, after having our bikes stolen several times, thinking about the lack of solutions to protect against bike thefts. We started developing a monitoring system for bike sharing operators, but we really wanted to develop a solution that we could make available for all bicycle riders like us.

We wanted a solution that could work on any standard bike, and that would be totally autonomous and easy to use. We also had to find an item that could contain enough space to integrate all the electronic components. That’s how the idea of a smart pedal came out.

After one year of research, prototype development, and tests, we finally managed to integrate an energy generator within an elegantly designed pedal, and set up the electronics to regulate the energy provided to our cellular chip and to implement special algorithms for low consumption tracking and activity measurement.

We are a team of technology passionates and cyclist who want to delight cycling experience.

Christian Kravanaja | Co-Founder

Code Lover, he is tracking the technology on even days to make cutting edge app and platform. 

On odd days, he is running product marketing activities.

Jean-Marie Debbasch | Co-Founder

Skilled handyman, he is working on even days on the mechanical and electronically prototypes.

On the odd days, he is running the business activities.

Marion Delmaire | PR & Communication

Communication enthusiast, she is organizing all media events and communications, and also managing customer feedbacks.

We thank all the people who made this product possible and everything around alive:
Jean-Louis Frechin (Designer), Janique Favrel (Designer), Adrien Letellier (Power supply Specialist), Benjamin Poilvé (Mechanical Engineering), Angelo Chiacchio (UX Designer), Little Big Man (Video Production), Vincent Vermandel (Video Realisation), Laurent François (Designer), Bernard Debbasch (Electronics Guru), Virginie and François (actors), Sylvain Montreuil (crowdfunding expert), Audrey Cleau (Triathlete).
 
 

We already have pedal working prototypes, and an beta version on the iOS app. The cloud platform is already working for our customers on Fleet Management product.

We don’t foresee major risks on developing the Android App and connecting it on the platform.
We are working with french industrials who are ready to produce the first pre-series.
 

GENERAL: 

In which countries do the pedals and the app work?

Countries of the European Union (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italia, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden), Switzerland, USA, Russia, Israel, China.

When will the pedals be launched on other countries?

As we already have demands for other countries, we are already working with our network partners to extend coverage. To help us to open in your country, please register the form that you can access through this link:

Click here to request Connected Cycle Pedals for your country.

Why should I get smart pedals?

Our smart pedal is the worldwide first bike pedal that helps prevent theft attempts and automatically records all your rides paths and statistics, without using your phone battery! It works on any adult standard bike, is easy to useand totally autonomous in terms of battery and Internet connection. This means that once you have installed your smart pedals on your bike you don’t have to worry about it anymore.

APPLICATION:

Why is it better than a standalone smartphone application? 

First, the smart pedal is fitted with a detection movement system that instantly notifies you through the Connected Cycle app if your bike has moved and the app gives you the ability to know where exactly your bike is located at any time.

Then, the pedal automatically records statistics for every single trip and shares data via the Connected Cycle cloud platform and be made available through the app: you don’t have nothing to do before riding your bike. 

And last but not least, the route and statistics are recorded without draining the life of a smartphone battery as the pedal has its own Internet connection via a cellular chip system and integrated SIM card!

Will the app be available on other OS?

We are thinking to develop the Connected Cycle application on Windows Phone but there is no date for now.

In which language is available the app?

The app is at least in english, and we will extend to major other languages ( French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian…), depending on where most of our supporters will reside.

Can I share my statistics (with other users or on social networks)?

This feature is not available yet but we are thinking to develop it in the future.

Do you plan to add other features?

We are already working on additional features… But let’s keep some surprises!

Can I use one application on one smartphone to manage several bikes fitted with smart pedals?

Nice idea. We will think about how to implement that with respect to privacy.

Will I need any app updates?

To enjoy any additional features that will can come in the future you will have to update your application but don’t worry, you will receive an automatic notification to suggest you to do it (if you want to).

Is the app compatible with cardiac frequency monitors?

This feature is not available yet but if we have demands we will think to work on it.

 

PEDAL:

Can I put my own SIM card or do I have to buy one or use my own ? 

The pedals are delivered fitted with a SIM card that you can’t take off or use for another purpose.

How do the smart pedals connect to the smartphone app?

The smart pedals automatically record and send all bike locations and rides statistics to our servers thanks to its integrated SIM cart and GPRS connection.  That’s why it works everywhere ( in the countries where we operate there service).

The cloud platform datas are made available through the Connected Cycle smartphone application. This system preserves your phone battery because you don’t need to connect your phone using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth during your rides.

How do the smart pedals detect theft attempt?

The smart pedals are fitted with a detection movement system so when the bike is moved or shaken, the smart pedals instantly notifie the user on his smartphone wherever he is.

Is the innovation patented ?

Several patents protect our innovation in the world.

Is the pedal waterproof?

The smart pedals have a water jets and dust protection (IP65).

Will the pedal be adapted for clips shoes?

This feature is not available yet but we are listening to feedbacks.

Do I have to charge a battery?

No need to charge a battery! The smart pedal is totally autonomous generating its own energy from the pedalling.

How long time does the battery life last?

As long as you are riding, cycling provides energy for the system. When the bike is parked, it has one to two weeks of autonomy without pedaling.

Will the pedals come with any other colors?

For the moment the pedal exists in 5 colors: deep black, spicy red, turquoise clear water blue, tangerine and acid green. But we are listening to feedbacks.

INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN:

How much is the shipping ?

The shipping cost it $15 for a pair of pedals. This cost is to be include during the contribution: once you’ve clicked on “Contribute now” and chosen your pack, add $15 on your pledge.

How can I add shipping costs after my contribution?

If you forgot to add the shipping costs during your contribution, don’t worry. Just add a new contribution of $15 (without perk) and we will update your account.

 
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Contact Information:

Christian Kravanja
Jean-Marie Debbasch
Marion Delmaire

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