The newest bike-sharing company in Singapore, SG Bike, uses geofencing so if you don’t park your bike in the right place, you’ll be fined! What’s geofencing? We explain it all to make your travel around Singapore easier
The bike-sharing phenomenon continues to gain momentum in Singapore. Enter SG Bike, the latest player in Singapore’s thriving bike-sharing market, and the first to integrate geofencing in its services to encourage users to park their bikes at allocated spots.
If the term geofencing confuses you, just think of it as a location tracker. Geofencing is the use of GPS or RFID technology to create a virtual geographic boundary, enabling software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area. With geofencing, SG Bikes will introduce ‘geostations’ where the bikes can be parked. These spots will be marked with a painted yellow box. Anything outside the perimeter will notify the user via the app to move the bike into the marked zone… or you will be slapped with a fine. [Singapore’s such a ‘fine’ city, right?]
SG Bike has only just launched, so it is unclear if the geofencing system will be effective in the long run. Still, this is definitely a level-up from other bike-sharing companies which don’t enforce allocated parking which is why we’ve seen some unfortunate bicycles parked in unfortunate spots. Here’s to more responsible bike-sharing!
Want more info on how to travel around Singapore? Read our story on why now is the time to buy a car. If you want to stick to public transport like the MRT there’s now a shop full of useful stuff for commuters to check out.