The world is connecting at a dizzying pace. Every day, we forge new modes of communication that enable us to interact with our world, and each other, in new and unimaginable ways.
This technology has not only transformed fundamental aspects of our lexicon, but also expanded our capacity for empathy and our ability to reach vast social consensus. We are privy to the experiences, the voices, the struggles, and the memories of an entire world—right at our fingertips.
But just as our human world is connecting and stabilizing, so is the world of human gadgetry— in this world, digital “voices” congregate, forming a synaptic network between our phones, cars, computers, trains, homes— even our buildings. All these “talk” to one another and share with each other, and with us, the information they gather.
This network is known as the “Internet of Things”— or IoT, for short.
IoT technology, pioneered by AT&T, has allowed companies and consumers alike to analyze data more efficiently, effectively, and effortlessly than ever before. IoT is a network of physical objects that are embedded with software, sensors, and network connectivity capable of receiving and transmitting data. The question is: what “things” are part of this widespread network?
Enter the GenZe 2.0, the world’s first all-electric scooter equipped with AT&T IoT technology.
The GenZe 2.0 utilizes a CANBus network, connected to a Global SIM and the worldwide AT&T Control Center, giving each 2.0 a unique identification number capable of storing personal data. The 2.0 can tell its rider the best routes for it to go on, the Co2 emissions the rider has saved, and with the help of the GenZe app, you can track your 2.0 in real time, any time—so you never forget where you park.
“IoT has far-reaching implications,” said Abhinav Bhattacharyya, an associate researcher at UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC). “It’s not only about making things easier for the consumer; companies are now beginning to see that environmentally friendly technologies and programs, like e-bikes and ride-sharing platforms, make fiscal sense. That’s why internet-based transportation companies (Uber, Lyft, e-bike sharing, etc.) have seen a yearly growth of 32% since 2013.”
Bhattacharyya continues, “The GenZe 2.0 is definitely part of that revolution—real-time accessibility, real-time data sharing, and environmentally friendly transit is the future that’s soon to come. Imagine a world where cars and stoplights could talk to one another— rather than operating on timers, stoplights could use real-time data to optimize traffic flow, potentially eliminating traffic altogether. That’s why we need IoT equipped vehicles connected to a common data platform. That’s the kind of future IoT tech is enabling us to create.”
Mehrdad Majzoobi, CEO of the company BitLock, agrees: “Now is an exciting time for IoT,” he explains. “When I first started developing our product three years ago, the state of IoT was far behind what it is today. Only one or two phones supported Bluetooth 4.0. Now, it’s mainstream technology. Every phone shipped within the last three years has low-energy Bluetooth. Of course, this is not the only source of connectivity. The real game changer is cellular connectivity, and network carriers, like AT&T, are leading the way—opening up more and more to this technology.
Mehrdad Majzoobi continues, “BitLock utilizes network connectivity so you can unlock your bike from your phone, share access to your bike with others, and track your individual activity, like trip length, duration, and calories burnt. It also includes real-time geo tracking, just like the GenZe 2.0. Everyone knows that as cities get more and more congested, it’s going to be harder and harder to fit cars into the picture. That’s why I believe the natural next step is electric bikes and scooters. I believe in the next couple of years we’ll see higher and higher production of two-wheelers in the US. They’re easy, they’re less expensive to park and own, and you can ride them in dedicated bike lanes. Equipping these environmentally-friendly solutions with IoT tech is a no-brainer. Easy, cost-effective, sustainable travel will become the standard of the future.”
That future begins here with the GenZe 2.0— born in Silicon Valley, it is today designed, engineered, and manufactured in Ann Arbor, Michigan to the highest international and federal vehicle standards. Every 2.0 is part of AT&T’s expansive IoT network, which grows more every day “thing” by “thing.” The 2.0 is the scooter designed for your way of life. It is clean, cutting edge—revolutionary. It is here, and it’s about time.