It's MINE Technology has added Near Field Communication technology to It's MY Bike.
Near Field Technology is what powers smartphone wallet systems like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay. It can also be used to start applications, send an email, open a web page and lots, lots more on an Windows, Blackberry or Andriod phone. The way we have set it up you don't even have to start an app to do it, it just works.
Every time that it is scanned it automatically records the network address of the device that has been used on our database. This means that a thief could be identified simply by the act of tapping his phone in an attempt to find a chip.
This adds to the existing problem of finding the ISO 800 chips that will also be installed as part of At It's MY Bike. Our ISO 800 microchips operate on the same frequency as standard chips fitted to dogs, cats and other animals. A scanner will give an approximate position of these chips but to make sure they are removed the thief will have to gouge a huge hole in the bike to do so.
There is also the possibility that the owner has fitted further chips or stickers either ISO 800's or our NFC 800+ chip to biking accessories or to the bike itself. After he has removed all the security the prospect is that the bike will bear a strong resemblance to a Swiss cheese, leaving it more air than bike.
We are also offerring free access to our StopIT campaign
For those interested in our evidence based approach and StopIT read all about below.
Crime is in decline throughout the western world. Since 1990 crime rates, especially car crime and burglary have fallen precipitously. This has been mainly driven by improvements in security including RFID and the reduction in the potential market for stolen goods.
At the same time thefts of bicycles have gone up. The International Crime Victim Survey has found there to be a strong inversely proportional relationship between the rate of car theft and that of bikes.
Cycling has become increasingly popular, in London for exaxmple cycle use increased by 83 percent between 2000 and 2007. The bike market was estimated to be worth £ 705 million in 2012 in the UK by research company Mintel an increase from the 2011 figure of £ 605 million. In the US bike sales increase by 20% between 1992 and 2006 from 15.3 million to 18.2 million per year.
Cycling has many benefits to broader society as well as the indivdual cyclist. Cyclists are healthier, cause less pollution and reduce congestion in cities. However one of the biggest reasons for people not cycling or stopping doing so is the theft of bikes. There is also a wide perception that police do not 'care' about bike thefts, regarding them as a nuisance.
Bikes are actually often recovered, 48% in the US, but few, only 5% in America, are returned to their owners because there is no way of identifying who owns them. They often end up being auctioned off or being given to charities.