14 December Investigation of Bicycle Theft December 14, 2016 By Gina Wurms security |Bluetooth Low Energy|, |server based| 0 A tracking system based on Bluetooth beacons can help retrieve stolen bicycles and reduce the number of bicycle thefts in the long term. At a glance positioning of bicycles in case of theft alarm triggering in case of beacon detection data matching with images from surveillance cameras Problem Definition In the Belgian city of Mechelen, many bicycles are stolen. The police there sought a solution to retrieve the bicycles, to convict the perpetrators and to reduce the number of thefts in the long run. Solution Together with our Belgian partner Epico, who is responsible for project management on-site, we worked on a tracking system. It should be affordable for bicycle owners, maintain their privacy, retrieve stolen bicycles reliably and identify the thieves. Tracking is based on Bluetooth beacons and infsoft Locator Nodes. The data are matched with images from existing CCTV cameras. The citizens of Mechelen can buy the beacons very cheaply from police. Technical Implementation If you want to secure your bicycle, you can equip it with a Bluetooth beacon, which can be stowed in the saddle tube, where it is invisible for thieves. The police have previously stored each beacon with its ID in a database and linked it to the most important characteristics of the bicycle. The data remain in the database for three months, if the bicycle is not reported as stolen. Only in this case the police will see the movements of the bicycle in a web interface. As soon as the bike passes one of the 40 infsoft Locator Nodes, which are installed at strategic locations in the city center and at the arterial roads, an alarm is triggered. The database stores all places and times the bike was sighted. These data can be matched with the images of the existing CCTV cameras. Thus, in many cases it is possible to identify the perpetrator. The system also works when the stolen bike is in a transporter. Videos of the use case in Mechelen/Belgium Use Case PDF for Download Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Prevention and Investigation of Vandalism This case study by infsoft describes the use of a Wi-Fi tracking system for investigation and prevention of vandalism. Read More Investigation and Prevention of Criminal Offences at ATMs A tracking solution and machine learning can solve and prevent crimes at ATMs. Read More Indoor Navigation and Tracking on Campus Areas A campus app for universities offers intelligent functions for finding lecture halls, offices and bicycles. Read More Intermodal Travel Planning This use case describes how an intermodal travel planner ensures seamless door-to-door mobility thanks to the optimal combination of transport modes. Read More Inventory Management of Economic Assets on Company Premises There is a large company premise on which economic assets (i.e. PCs, office furniture, vehicles) should be inventoried. The management would like to determine the position of objects at any time. Read More Cart and Wheelchair Tracking at an Airport At an airport, a tracking solution can help visualize and actively monitor asset locations, increasing passenger satisfaction while improving staff efficiency. Read More Comments are closed.