Swivel is a company that creates a community-based platform for bike rentals by leveraging one of the 21st century's most powerful business models. Homogenous to the likes of Turo, Uber, Airbnb, and Alibaba; Swivel does not own the entities which it platforms. It simply controls the interface between users and carriers, placing it an incredibly valuable position. The platform enables users to rent out their bikes to other users through the use of a rechargeable delegator. Swivel at scale, allows bikes to be found almost anywhere without the need for docking stations or hubs. This will provide users with more versatile and cheaper alternatives compared to the traditional bike rental services, while enabling carriers to produce income. The delegator is built with a durable polycarbonate case and is connected to the internet via the Helium LoRaWAN network. The lock sends telemetry data such as GPS coordinates, battery charge, and potential theft alerts to the platform, which is accessed through the software.The theft alerts are generated using an accelerometer which detects suspicious movement when the bike is locked and will notify the carrier as a result. The delegator is powered by a 2200mAH 18650 LiPo battery, allowing for multiple weeks of use on a single charge. The platform allows users to locate the available bikes in their area, check the bikes model and price rate and then easily rent out their bikes. Moreover, this platform allows carriers to create and manage their bikes, including the location and potential theft issues. The system provides a convenient and cost-effective way for others to access bikes for short-term and long term use. For the final product, the delegator will be redesigned to occupy less space, improve security and utilize a much more powerful antenna.
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