Seeing the Benefits of Bicycle Sensors


John Davies

BT’s role in the CityVerve project is, among other things, pretty focused on data: where to collect it from, how it’s gathered, and how it can be used to inform and improve use cases across all of our project themes.

Today, BT announced the launch of a new project with the folks at See.Sense. They will be distributing 180 of See.Sense’s sensor-enabled ICON bike lights to cyclists across Manchester.

It won’t be the first time BT have worked alongside See.Sense, though it will mark a Manchester debut for the company and their innovative tech.

After winning BT’s SME Award for Connected Cities, the team has been working with BT on the MK:Smart initiative – Milton Keynes’ smart city project – to introduce the connected ICON cycle light to cyclists in the city.

As well as doing the usual job of keeping cyclists lit up and visible on the road, the ICON gathers a broad range of anonymised sensor data.

This data collection and sensor communication works in two ways: firstly, to make the bike light flash brighter and faster in riskier situations such as crossing busy junctions or approaching roundabouts, and secondly to feed back environmental data.

This could be about the quality of the road surface, or highlighting events such as near misses or traffic accidents – flagging up particularly danger-prone sections of city cycling routes.

To find out more about BT's work on CityVerve and See.Sense, follow the link