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Municipal bicycle sharing system
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  • Year: 2010
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    Abstract
    A bike share system with the flexibility to anchor the rental bike anywhere at the end of the trip employs a remotely operable lockbox (40') which incorporates a wireless communication card with a GPS receiver. The lock system includes a scissor clamp (70) for grasping the bicycle seat support post and a pair of extended fingers of the scissor clamp which are retained by the clamshell halves of the lockbox. One arm of a U-shaped retainer can be extended into through-bores of first and second ears positioned on opposing sides of the bicycle wheel to lock the wheel against rotation. A mechanical locking device has teeth which engage with protrusions on the other arm of the U-shaped retainer to prevent its movement relative to the lockbox maintaining the other arm in wheel immobilizing position.
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    Robert A. Fortune1
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    Burton Greenberg1
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    A bicycle stand including a stationary upright member anchored to the ground and horizontally oriented enclosure of rectangular cross section attached to its top with an opening in one side thereof to receive a bicycle securing arm. A pivotable second member carrying three arms is adapted to engage a bicycle. One of the arms is aligned with and adapted to pass through the opening, an aperture to receive a leg of a shackle lock placed within the enclosure to lock the bicycle in the stand. A stora...
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    Ilan Goldman1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    A mechanical device such as a lock with anti-shock arrangement, comprising a locking member adapted for linear motion. The anti-shock arrangement comprises a balancing member mounted for linear motion substantially parallel to the locking member motion and a pivotally supported lever with two ends and a pivoting axis therebetween. The locking member abuts one of the ends and the balancing member abuts the other end, the abutment being maintained by a biasing means such as a spring. The lever has...
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    Pablo Esquilin1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    A bicycle mounted locking system for theft prevention includes a carrier member attachable to a bicycle frame member. A swingable arm extendable from the carrier member provides for tethered anchorage to a stationary object. A swivel stirrup depending from the carrier member is engageable with a bicycle wheel for providing wheel rotational blockage and securement.
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    Alain Laquieze2
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    Larissa Choulova2
    Estimated H-index: 2
    Theft-prevention device for parking a two-wheeled vehicle includes, on the one hand, an accommodating device for one of the wheels of the vehicle. Extending on both sides and eventually above the wheel, in order to wrap more than half of the wheel, so as to make the hub thereof inaccessible. On the other hand, inside the accommodating device, there are seizing elements of the wheel through hooking-in.
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    Jen-hei Lii1
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    A remote controlled automobile and motorcycle lock comprising a U-shaped lock body, a U-shaped hook rod combined with the lock body to be locked therein, an electronic device mounted on a panel fixed inside the lock body, a remote electronic controller to transmit a signal to operate the electronic device to allow the U-shaped hook rod be pulled out of the lock body for unlocking this lock, and an elongated rod screwing with a female threaded post at a rear end of the lock body to hook with brak...
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    Vickie Tikkanen1
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    M g n Paul Tikkanen1
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    Embodiments of an alarm system are described, which may be mounted or built-in to a bicycle or other device which is in need of anti-theft protection. A loud alarm is connected to or mounted in the protected device, and is operatively connected to either or both: a lock that anchors the device to a stationary object, and/or parts of the protected device that might be stolen or vandalized. The alarm unit is built and wired in such a way that the lock or parts of the protected device may not be si...
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    Joshua H. M. Squire1
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    Yuval Degani1
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    David Blakeman1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    An unattended, automated bicycle rental system utilizes a bicycle rental station having a locking bicycle rack and a control tower. The bicycle rack has an inventory of rental bicycles of non standard size as inventory and the bicycles are locked in place on the rack in distinct bicycle-receiving bays. The control tower incudes a credit card reader that unlocks a specific bicycle from its bay upon insertion of a bank or credit card and begins timing the period of time in which the bicycle is awa...
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    Chip E. R. Meyers2
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    Frederick W. Schmidt2
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    Mark Andersen1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    The present invention is a multi-mode combination alarm and locking apparatus for bicycles, motorcycles and the like. The case of the combination alarm and locking apparatus can be attached to a bicycle or the like by a hollow bracket which can detachably mounted to a tubular section of the bicycle frame. In the preferred embodiment the combination alarm and locking apparatus includes a U-bolt lock. In an alternative embodiment the combination alarm and locking apparatus can be used in conjuncti...
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    Kathryn L. Ainsworth1
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    Mark B. Beezer1
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    A bicycle security system includes a locking bicycle rack and employs a user's automated teller banking card to operate the system and debit charges accrued in connection with use of the system from the user's bank account. The locking system has an electronic control means which locks and unlocks the bicycle rack by means of a banking card. The electronic control means includes a timer which tracks time in connection with use of the system. The control means thereafter calculates a charge based...
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    Denis Bernier1
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    Jean-Francois Simard1
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    A locking fixture for use in locking up two wheeled vehicles such as bicycles or motorcycles. The fixture has a housing and at least one elongated, flexible locking member. One end of the locking member is fixedly mounted within the housing. The other end of the locking member is adapted to be inserted into the housing through an opening, and held therein to form a closed loop to hold the vehicle to the housing. A latch is provided within the housing to hold the other end of the locking member. ...
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    Hannes Neupert1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    The invention relates to a modular vehicle system, having an electric vehicle (2, 2′), in particular a lightweight electric vehicle, and at least one module (3, 120) which can be connected to the electric vehicle (2, 2′). The electric vehicle (2, 2′) has at least one on-board power supply system (13, 101) for supplying energy to an electrical drive unit (114), one or more interfaces (4, 114) which are connected to the on-board power supply system (13, 101) and are intended for connecting at leas...
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    Cassius Q. Booth1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    An anti-theft bag with locator has a bag portion with a flap portion that can be closed to secure the contents of the bag. A lock-locator is provided to secure the flap to prevent casual opening of the bag. The lock-locator also contains a GPS component that allows a user to track the bag if stolen or lost. In one embodiment a remote control turns the GOS functionality on and off. The position of the bag is displayed in real-time on a network enabled appliance such as a cell phone, netbook or co...
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    Joon Kyu Song5
    Estimated H-index: 5
    (Mando Corporation)
    Disclosed herein are a bicycle rental system and method. The bicycle rental system includes a public bicycle (10), a bicycle holder (20), a bicycle management server which transmits rental approval information and return confirmation information to the outside, and a user terminal which is provided to be capable of performing wireless communicate with the public bicycle (10), is linked to the bicycle management server via a network, is provided with identification information of the public bicyc...
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    Suryaprasad Jayadevappa1
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    Haseeb Arfath Syed1
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    Srinidhi Sridhar1
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    A method and system for managing vehicles within a boundary is provided. Boundary units positioned at predetermined locations in a managing area define a boundary, within which multiple docking stations that secure the vehicles are positioned. Each docking station comprises a client component and a locking unit. The client component, in communication with a central server, allocates a vehicle to a user based on allocation criteria. The locking unit unlocks the allocated vehicle from a docking st...
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    Provided is a secure and easy to use solution for bike holders to securely lock all kinds of bicycles with different frames and shapes without the need to carry a personal lock. The present system and method for bike locking securely locks the bike's frame and wheel.
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    Kim Fajstrup Axelsen1
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    The invention pertains to a bicycle rental system comprising: A bicycle storage station comprising a plurality of bicycle stands for supporting and locking bicycles, each bicycle stand comprising a lock configured to open at the receipt of a command signal, a portable communication device configured for sending a control message representing a specific bicycle stand of the plurality of bicycle stands and said portable communication device, and a central computer. The central computer comprises a...
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    Ansgar Varick Strother1
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    Keith Ballew Porter1
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    A system and method for bicycle sharing and rental with a rack and one or more bicycles. The rack has a base with one or more locking arm(s), wherein each locking arm has a first end secured to the base and a second end, further wherein the second end has a fixture attached. The rack does not have any closed loops, preventing unauthorized bicycles from being secured to it. The bicycles have a controllable portion of a locking mechanism and a control device, wherein the control device is configur...
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    Mark Anthony Bobbitt1
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    A bicycle tracking system for a bicycle rental system includes a number of bicycles each including a bicycle computer configured to record and transmit trip data information. The bicycle computer transmits the trip data to at least one communication hub that is part of the rental system. The communication hub is located at a bicycle rental kiosk. The kiosk includes a parking rack for securely storing a number of bicycles and includes a kiosk radio head configured to receive the trip data from th...
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    Hans Steege1
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    Rolf Scholtz1
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    Colin Klotzbach1
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    A method for tracking non-motorized vehicle commuting activity includes providing a tracking system having a tag reader at a commute destination, wherein the tag reader is adapted to detect the presence of an RFID tag, and to generate and transmit a detection signal indicating a time of detection and one or more attributes of the detected RFID tag. The RFID tag is secured to a non-motorized vehicle used in commuting to the commute destination, and is secured in a manner to enable detection by th...
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    Yehuda Margalit1
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    Ruth Margalit1
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    The present invention provides a system and method for preventing theft of mobile objects which are used by for temporary time period by anonymous users. The system is comprised of: at least one locking mechanism engaging a mobile object to a secure locking arrangement, wherein the locking mechanism can be unlocked by a remote communication device, an identifying tag attached to said mobile object including an identifying code, a controller network device including identification data of plurali...
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