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SINGAPORE, 28 September 2017

oBike Harnesses Big Data to Support Development of Smart City in Taiwan

oBike leverages an intelligent coordinate system, OD-route and heat maps to improve the city’s cycling infrastructure

Singapore, 28 September 2017 – oBike, Singapore’s first homegrown station-less smart bike-sharing company, has successfully harnessed big data to help the Taipei City government identify intelligent bike parking spots in the city. Commuters will now be able to locate more than 33,000 public bike parking spots via their mobile app. oBike also analysed OD data (i.e. origin, destination and route of bike usage) and presented commuters’ usage patterns in elaborate heat maps, in order to determine riding patterns, and evaluate the efficiency of the city’s transport system.

“Traffic congestion wastes time, increases pollution, and is costly to society. However, with the availability of data and its analytics, governments can make more informed planning and negate urban transport issues. This provides citizens with a more reliable and seamless commute,” said Mr Edward Chen, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of oBike.

This follows the successful usage of heat maps in Singapore since its inception. By consolidating commuter data, oBike has been able to project an accurate picture of the commuters who are using the bike-sharing platform.

“Historical data can help us predict traffic and commuter flows at specific periods and such granular and real-time data will give us a complete view of current usage and demand. With these information, we can work together with the Singapore government to identify gaps in the bicycle network and propose solutions to improve the infrastructure,” he added.

The Taipei City government has recognised oBike for its efforts in taking actions to support the citywide intelligent traffic management policy, by enhancing the efficacies of the 33,000 public bike parking spots. oBike is now looking at sharing the technique and the converted information with any other cities and governments if necessary.

Apart from improving the bicycle infrastructure in Taiwan, oBike is the first bike-sharing company to outline a contingency plan, with tried-and-tested response measures to natural hazards such as typhoons.

In the event of an emergency, oBike is equipped with the resources to safekeep bicycles in warehouses, which are located in the urban districts. A response team will also be activated to provide support to those in need.

Chen added, “oBike understands the Taiwanese market and has considered the natural conditions we operate in. Regardless of the situation, the safety of commuters will remain our utmost priority. Having such a contingency plan in place strengthens our ability to respond swiftly and effectively, and lessens the impact of a natural disaster.”

Appendix:

  1. oBike, the global leading bike sharing platform, has introduced intelligent bike parking spots in Taiwan and Singapore.

  2. Users can now effortlessly search for more than 33,000 public bike parking spots in Taipei City via the oBike app.

  3. “TWD97” is identified in Taiwanese coordinate system. Still, without the reference of latitude and longitude, the searching and positioning for racks continued to post challenges for bikers. oBike comes up with a solution for the problem by proactively constructing the intelligent bike parking spots. oBike made an investment in sending out data to the lab in US for data conversion into the universal “WGS84”

  4. oBike has collaborated with the Taipei City government to construct intelligent bike parking spots in the city, by inputting latitude and longitude details into its geographic coordinate system. Users are now able to park the bikes at the right place, to enhance the efficiency of traffic management.

About oBike oBike is Southeast Asia’s first smart bike-sharing company which aims to become the next generation transportation company designed for first- and last-mile commuting. oBike’s mission is to make environmentally friendly transportation affordable, available and accessible by everyone and everywhere.

oBike first launched in Singapore as the country’s first station-less smart bike-sharing operator, and has since expanded to over 30 cities in 10 countries worldwide in under a year. The company has made cycling a convenient, fun and environmentally-friendly commute option to more than 2 million users across Southeast Asia alone.

For more details, please visit https://o.bike/. The oBike App is currently available on the App Store and Google Play.

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