A (fake) thief hunting with the Police

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!

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Nov, 06, 2016