Smart bike locks have become very popular, especially in metropolitan areas. Of course, when you ride your bike to and from work or school there is always the possibility that it will get stolen. Many individuals spend $200-500 on a bike, because it offers a much more affordable commute than a vehicle. While many business owners and educational institutes have bike racks set up outside their establishments, this just isn’t enough. This is where the LINKA Smart Bike Lock will come into play.
Auto Locking And Unlocking
LINKA is embedded with a Bluetooth 4.0 module, so it can communicate with your smartphone. The Bluetooth range is 400 feet, which is quite extensive when compared to other Smart devices. The lock recognizes your Bluetooth-enabled device and responds accordingly. When exiting and entering the Bluetooth range, the locking mechanism will automatically be enabled. This feature will definitely be an advantage for everyone that has their hands full of books, groceries, or electronics.
Thieves can spot an insecure bike from a far distance away. The traditional chain lock is a thief’s best friend, snapping it apart with bolt cutters will be a breeze. The LINKA will not be so easy to tackle. The shackle is constructed out of steel that has undergone the through hardening process. It also has a square cross-section that will make it even more difficult to cut through.
You will be happy to discover that even though LINKA is constructed out of through hardened steel, it is still very lightweight. It only weighs 1.6 pounds, so you can toss it in your briefcase or backpack, without being weighed down.
The embedded triple-axis accelerometer is a dynamic sensor that will detect movement. The accelerometer is designed to capture common movements of thieves and ignore accidental bumping to reduce false alarms. When the accelerometer detects unusual movement, the onboard 100dB siren will instantly be deployed. The alarm will be loud enough to deter the thief from stealing your bike and alert others of the event. An automated message will also be transmitted to your app-enabled device, if you are within the Bluetooth range. If you are out of the range, when the event occurs the LINKA team will relay the message to you.
Theft Indicator Map
Another safety feature that will help keep your bike safe from criminalistics activity is the Theft Indicator Map. The map was designed to help cyclists find a safe location to park their bike. If you are new to the neighborhood, you will not be aware of the high crime areas. This is where the map comes into play, directing you to the safest areas in the neighborhood. This feature is only available in the U.S., but there are plans to expand into new markets in the near future.
The onboard rechargeable battery has a lifespan of 9 months, with each full charge. When the battery reaches the minimum level (5%), you will receive a notification via your app-enabled device, alerting you that it is time to recharge. If the battery happens to completely die, before you have time to recharge, you can input the 4-digit passcode into the lock and you will be set to go.
If you are interested in the LINKA Smart Bike Lock, be sure to click on the Amazon link provided below. You can also purchase a noose chain that is compatible with the lock for an additional cost. Release date is scheduled for October 3, 2016.