|Kingos Using Mobike Service/ mobiinside.com|
SKKU’s Natural Sciences Campus and Mobike, a smart bike sharing service company, have executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to start a smart bike sharing service. Smart bike sharing services are services based on auto locking, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), the Internet of Things (IOT) network and data analysis systems. Mobike selected three bike sharing spots and placed 70 bicycles on the Natural Sciences campus through a service agreement. The best three bike sharing spots were selected first considering the movement of the students, and the fees are temporarily free of charge. Mobike is planning on increasing the number of places and number of bikes according to user patterns in order to raise the mobility of school members. SKKU’s Mobike service is available via smart phone app, by scanning the QR code attached to the bikes with a camera to unlock and lock the “Smart Lock”. It is an unconventional service that does not require a separate rack or Kiosk as the bike is equipped with an automatic locking and dismantling device. The GPS device is attached to the bike so that the users can check the location of the bikes around them. Several companies are operating services in 16 countries around the world. With the introduction of the bike sharing service, it has become faster and easier for Kingos to move around the campus. Unlike the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus which already had an in-campus shuttle bus in operation, there have been no means of transportation in the Natural Sciences Campus. It is hard to ride bikes on the steep Humanities and Social Sciences Campus, but it is easy on the wide, flat Natural Sciences Campus. Kingos are among the first university students in Korea to experience a high level of smart bike sharing culture.
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