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As an efficient complement to the public transportation, the global shared micromobility market has grown rapidly in recent years.Toremain competitive in the market, shared micromobility service providershave tointegrate high-performance hardware and software, and technologies such as the IoT.
To help customer in the shared micromobility industry gear up quality of services, SIMCom offers
a full-range solution combining LTE Cat.1, LTE Cat.M and GNSS module, to provide reliable connectivity and precise positioning at the same time, bringing in evolvedconnectivity tosharedmicromobility.
1. What is micromobility？
In terms of micromobility, there are different definitions and inconsistent numbers to categorize it. Here we would like to define it in a simpler way:
it refers to the vehicle that is small, lightweight, usually used for traveling in short distance for individual journey and typically powered by batteries or physical exertion.
Generally, micromobility is covering a wide range of vehicles you may see on the streets in daily life, most of them are e-bikes, e-scooters and e-skateboard and so on. And it has been already a popular service around the world to provide shared micromobility that can be rented through dedicated apps.
According to McKinsey&company’s evaluation, about 60 percent of car trips are less than 8 kilometers and could benefit from micromobility solutions. It forecasts that the shared micromobility market across China, the European Union, and the United States could reach $300 billion to $500 billion in 2030.
2. How is shared micromobility changing urban commuting?
Micromobility is more accessible today than ever before. It offers unprecedented convenience as those vehicles can be picked up and dropped off anywhere and available to everyone.
Before anything else, when more people choose to take micromobility as alternative to cars, it will further reduce carbon emissions. In the mean time, it also means fewer number of large vehicles on the road, effectively releasing the pressure on urban traffic.
Additionally, as an increasing number of players participating in the competition to provide share micromobility services, it becomes more affordable for most of people. Since the availability of shared e-vehicles has been largely increased, there is even no need to buy a private one.
Last but not least, the public transportation only reaches the most populated areas and points in the city. However, the destinations of most commuters are usually are too far to walk to. Shared micromobility closesthe first and the last mile of the travel to a bus station or metro station easily .
3. SIMCom’s connectivity solution for shared micromobility
SIMCom’s LTE Cat.1 modules can deliver reliable and secure connectivity for the shared micromobility. The mature RF design of those modules ensures robust wireless performance and quick responses either in moving or static conditions. With the support of SIMCom LTE Cat.1 modules, the shared micromobility service provider can be effectively to manage growing fleets. For managers, the data of vehicles can be collected remotely to decide whethermaintenance, repair or recharging of batteries is needed. If vandalism or theft happens, it can be reported instantly. For users, they can unlock the vehicle form everywhere in the city and complete the payment in no time.
SIMCom LTE Cat.M modules are ideal alternatives to 2G/3G networking solutions for moving devices. They can extend battery life up to 10 years with functionalities such as power saving mode(PSM) and extended discontinuous reception(eDRX), which largely cuts down the expenses for maintenance. Moreover, the enhanced signal coverage and optional GNSS positioning of SIMCom LTE Cat.M modules can help services provider keep a track of user’s behavior and send notifications via the app if the rider breaks the traffic rules or rides dangerously. And SIMCom LTE Cat.M modules also help update the software remotely in order to improve the services consistently and safeguard important data.
SIMCom GNSS modules have the capability to simultaneous receive and track a mix of signals of multi constellation systems. There are modules that can work on both single and dual frequency, and support high-precision positioning technologies such as RTK and DR. Combining advanced AGPS and self-generated orbit prediction technologies, SIMCom GNSS modules are capable of fast positioning in the complicated environment.
With precise positioning information provided by SIMCom GNSS modules, the user can easily spot vehicles that are available and the services provider can implement geo-fencing parameters. For example when it comes to parking, GNSS-based devices can notify the rider about the correct parking spot and prompt them to park the vehicles in place, effectively avoiding the phenomenons that vehicles are abandoned in the middle of a sidewalk or other random spots. The traffic patterns of micromobility based on tracking each vehicle are also valuable references for provider to distribute enough vehicles to meet actual needs of users, remarkably optimizing management efficiency.
SIMCom wireless modules deliver excellent user experiences with stable connectivity and swift response. And with the global network coverage and complete regional certifications, SIMCom wireless modules can help customer lead the way when entering international markets. What’s more, SIMCom’s adaptable wireless solutions has been proven to help fast development ofsharedmicromobility business and practically reach customer’s growth target, and furtherto promote transformation of urban transportation with less public resources occupancy, higher efficiency on environmental protection and renewable energy.