13 Jul 2017 |
Research article |
Entrepreneurship & Management
RideMetry : the future of security for those who love the road
Sports like motorcycling carry a certain amount of risk. Indeed, statistics show that motorcyclists will fall on average twice in their lifetime. RideMetry, a company incubated at Centech, set the goal of helping motorcyclists in distress get the help they need.
The three founding members of RideMetry, Marc Larin, Victor Bursucianu and Joseph Salem of École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), are motorcycle enthusiasts. Their project began as part of a University of Sherbrooke student club project to design an electric motorcycle. They started with a project to monitor the temperature of an electric motorcycle battery in order to find quick ways to act if it ignites. This project, together with one of the founder’s motorcycle accident, led to the idea of a permanently installed communication module on the motorcycle. RideMetry was born in November 2016 and joined the Centech incubator at the beginning of 2017. The module offers two main functions: assistance in the event of an incident and geolocation of the vehicle in the event of a theft.
Automatic Accident Detection and Customized Alerts
The module includes sensors whose combined information provides automatic detection of an accident in progress. The sensors respectively measure acceleration, rotation speed and vehicle direction. When an accident is detected, a GPS triangulates the motorcycle’s position and transmits an alert to satellites showing the vehicle’s position, without the motorcyclist being actively involved. Unlike other systems like OnStar ™, where a person ultimately confirms the accident, everything is done automatically by analyzing the data received. And since the system does not use cellphone waves, the module is functional anywhere in the world.
A mobile application installed on the cellphone allows personalized messages to be sent by the RideMetry communication module in the absence of cellphone coverage. This way motorcyclists can let others know that they are OK after a fall or even ask for help in case of an engine or mechanical failure. The module consumes very little energy and is powered by the vehicle’s battery. Even if a battery has insufficient voltage to start the engine it will provide enough power to send a message.
Anti-Theft and Real-Time Geolocation
The module also serves as an anti-theft device by sending an alert on the owners’ cellphones as soon as their motorcycle is being touched, overturned or moved in their absence. In the event of a theft, owners can follow the position of their vehicle in real time using the geolocation system.
RideMetry members and several pilot users already have functional prototypes on their bikes so that the team can implement the latest changes. The goal is to install around 100 modules by the end of 2017, so the company is in prelaunch mode. RideMetry will also test its product on race tracks, where the likelihood of falls is much greater but the environment is safe enough for the drivers.
RideMetry will not be limited to motorcycles, but will extend its product to snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. The great advantage of the system is that it can work in areas that do not have cellphone coverage, as is usually the case on paths where these sports occur. Automobiles would be the last type of vehicle to get the device, which would essentially be used to manage fleets.
Marc André Larin
Marc-André Larin is President and founding member of RideMetry and in charge of product launch, finance and marketing. He will soon be a graduate of Electrical Engineering at ÉTS. He served on the Student Association Board of Directors.
Program : Electrical Engineering
Victor Bursucianu is Vice-President of Technology and founding member of RideMetry. He is in charge of the Research and Development team. He studies Electrical Engineering at ÉTS.
Program : Electrical Engineering