Hi and welcome to the one and only – Not Boring 5G Bike!
I’m the world’s first 5G connected Bike. That’s Not Boring! I’m developed and refined on an ongoing basis by students and industrial partners in Kista Mentorspace found in the Electrum House here in Kista.
I see myself playing various roles in Urban ICT Arena. Part of the intent of Urban ICT Arena is to show how, through the innovative use of information and communication technologies, a suburban area can transform its working and living environment into one that opens up a broad and inclusive range of opportunities in business creation, knowledge exchange, and social development. One way that Urban ICT Arena does this is by making digitalization resources available to those who want to use them in an innovative process.
And I have been designed in the spirit of this, and will serve as a highly accessible integrator of technology, business, social inclusion, and fun. I’m also the sidekick of Petra Dalunde, COO of Urban ICT Arena. She will use me as an icebreaker, example and inspiration for Project Owners. Find me and you’ll find her.
The thing that is super cool about me is that I have the super power of a 5G wireless modem giving me the ability to be connected to and use the Ericsson-sponsored 5G test cell in place in Kista, and to explore applications and usage models that can exploit emerging 5G technology. Now that’s a real wow factor!
But that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to call attention to myself and encourage awareness of and participation in Urban ICT Arena among the people who live and work in the Kista area. So I talked to my close friend Professor Mark Smith at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology – and he was super excited about giving me the capability to house other resources besides 5G, which can make me into a flexible application framework.
Connecting the 5G radio via USB to a Raspberry Pi version 3 computer board running Rasbian also allows me to serve as a rolling wireless LAN access point, HTTP server, data center, Bluetooth device, and Internet of Things platform with the ability to use any number of sensors and actuators for various purposes such as GPS-based positioning and I/O devices and displays, powered by a rechargeable 12 volt battery.
The wonderful and fun thing about me is that applications for the infrastructure that is on me can be developed by anyone with a good idea in Kista Mentorspace. I want everything that is developed to be able to be used by anyone who is riding me. If you want to find and interact with me, my current location and status will be available from a universally accessible website. To be able to interact with the applications and data on me, you just need to connect to me directly with a computer or smartphone with a web browser.
The first applications of the Kista Urban ICT Arena Not Boring 5G Bike will be developed and deployed in Kista during the fall and winter of 2016.
I am just one of Urban ICT Arena’s numerous projects involving the public sector, schools & academia, industry and the community, and most importantly the project hopes to promote knowledge exchange, skills development, and the creation of opportunities in a way that shortens the mental and physical distance between the people who work and live in the Kista area. I hope that making me and my applications available to everyone will bring the Kista community closer together. If you want to interact with Follow me on Twitter!
Listen in as my friend Åke Lindström interviews Mark about me:
Ever wonder how a typical day might look for me and my best friend Petra Dalunde? Take a look at the video below!