This weekend Rilabs saw its first integrated solution launch - the smart eBike management system Rentel that will allow citizens and guests of the Bulgarian capital Sofia to experience safe, sustainable and green means of transportation and enjoy an eBike ride up the Vitosha mountain and national park. In partnership with the local eBikes manufacturer Eljoy Bikes, Rilabs developed a custom GPRS hardware solution for tracking the rented eBike position and responding in case of emergencies.
Some of the challenges this 6 month project saw successfully solved were integrating with the eBike's electrical system and controller, developing custom PCB and antenna solution that would fit inside the limited frame space, optimization of power usage and sleep modes, managing the heat dissipation within the frame and enabling advanced features by integrating with the Bafang controller such as turning off the motor and alerting the administrators in case of unauthorised usage (theft or driving the bike outside the predefined limits of the area).
The project is in cooperation with the Sofia Municipality and under the patronage of the Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, who officiated the opening event and is looking for further cooperation with innovation leaders in the e-mobility space.
The website of the project is www.rentebike.bg where soon you will be able to reserve, rent and pay for an eBike.