Last month we performed a test with the local police to validate the precision of Sherlock GPS localization and the efficacy of the bicycle retrieval process.
We pre-alerted the police and shared the testing procedure with them, without giving them any details on the route the bicycle would follow.
Here is how the experiment rolled out:
- We installed Sherlock in one of our bikes handlebar and parked it on a street
- A few minutes later a fake thief (Andrea, our product designer) began to tamper with the chain and managed to steal the bike
- The bike owner (Pierluigi, our CEO) received a push notification on his smartphone and reached the Police station
- The bike owner communicated to the police the tracking code and webpage URL to check the real-time position of the bicycle
- The police officers started “hunting” for the stolen bike, moving with a car and checking the GPS position of the bike on their smartphones
- The thief followed a pre-defined route which included different path characteristics (presence of trees, tall buildings, narrow streets, etc.).
- The police caught the (fake) thief together with the bike in a park in the centre of the city in 18 minutes from the start of the “hunt”
We also shot a video to share the live action with you.
Here is a little preview, stay tuned for the full video – coming soon!