Bindio – the smartest, most secure bike parking stand
Bindio is a bike parking stand with a built-in chain, sensors, and electronic lock that you control with your phone.
Bindio lets cyclists abandon heavy, unsafe bike locks. It’s a convenient, secure bike parking stand with a hardened steel chain and high-tech security on the spot. The best part? It’s free for cyclists.
Bicycle theft is an unfortunately common occurrence. Many cyclists use chains, u-locks, and cable locks to protect their bikes. These traditional locks are heavy, inconvenient, and often inadequate. We can do better – it’s time to make bicycle security smart.
Many industries have experienced incredible technological advancements in recent years, so why not improve the way we cycle? We combined safety and technology to create this smart, secure bike parking stand.
At its core, Bindio is a bicycle lock that can be controlled by mobile phone application or SMS. Security is ensured with a hardened steel chain, built-in sensors that detect cutting or sawing, and optional video surveillance. Bindio is currently tailored for individual bike locks and can be integrated into existing bike lock areas, but the system can also be broadened to other security devices such as door locks, bicycle safe locks, or bicycle shelter locks.
An intuitive and easy to use Android and iPhone application for end users (cyclists) to operate Bindio stands. Create a free account and use your phone number as your unique key. Find the closest Bindio docks and how to get to them. Make reservations and lock/unlock docks with a tap of your phone. Receive notifications if the cutting or sawing sensors notice suspicious activity.
A software package that allows partners and clients to monitor and control Bindio docks remotely.
Important considerations for installation
Bindio parking stands cannot:
- block the view of other road users, especially on crossroads and pedestrian crossings
- block access to any public or private spaces
- make it difficult to open car doors when a car is close to a Bindio stand
- block access to traffic and road infrastructure, like traffic lights, street lighting poles, electricity boxes or street drainage
- interfere with other important public infrastructure like traffic signs, advertisement boards, etc
Confirm with each municipality in case of more restrictions or considerations.
Location and position
The distance from a Bindio stand to a wall needs to be far enough for easy access and movement around the parking rack. There also needs to be enough space to park bicycles. The minimum recommended dimensions are stated in the picture below.
Bindio won't just benefit cyclists. It can also positively impact municipalities, banks, cafes, universities, and more. Stationary bicycle locks will attract more cyclists, encourage greener modes of transportation, and create a positive image for your brand.
Provide a new level of protection for cyclists for free:
Cycling is increasing in popularity, as people are taking notice of its benefits to health and the environment. Accommodate this growing group of people by making bicycle parking more accessible.
Create new advertising opportunities on Bindio stands and apps:
- Advanced in-app coupon program: by parking at a company's stand, users (cyclists) are offered special coupons and other benefits they can use at that company, which brings in more business.
- In-app advertisement: add your logo and branding to your stand description.
- We give businesses a basic advertisement option that includes visual advertising on the information stand and on the top of each dock.
Allow employees or a specific group of users to use Bindio stands free of charge or at a reduced price. You can define users and/or phone numbers that are allowed to use specific parking stands with these benefits. In doing so, you show your appreciation and create a sense of loyalty.
Present an image of innovation and new-age thinking. Show people that you care about the environment and support cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation.
To make this project a full-scale reality, we need financing to improve mechanics and finish developing the iOS mobile app. We can reduce production costs by ordering molds for lock frames and other parts, which right now are made with CNC. It will also take heavy marketing and direct sales to find partners around globe who would be ready to introduce Bindio in their cities.
We know how to build. The GreyNut team has been developing smaller gadgets and ideas for almost three years. As the Bindio project is massive and complicated, some parts of our system development are outsourced from friends, Draugiem Group, and freelancers. Right now, the Bindio team consists of 9 people.
We know that Bindio is an unusual project to launch on Kickstarter, but we chose this platform because we aren't getting through to municipalities, shopping malls and banks. We need the support of people that would benefit the most from Bindio. If enough people voice their support, municipalities and organizations would listen. We believe in the power of Kickstarter, so we are asking you to join us on our mission to make bicycle parking more secure.
Bindio has the potential to make cycling safer and more convenient while encouraging sustainable living. The concept might be simple, but the execution is complicated, and we need your help. Show your support by making a small contribution. Together we can let businesses and municipalities know that Bindio is needed in the world.
PS. Wonder how the miniature Bindio model perk will look like? Take a peek at what it means to hold Bindio in your hand.
Risks and challenges
Building hardware projects is difficult and this project is no different. There are challenges involved, but we know how to overcome them. We have put in an enormous amount of work and have dealt with hundreds of obstacles already – we even had to manufacture most parts in-house to limit quality control and fulfillment issues.
At this point, the biggest challenge will be in terms of distribution. We want Bindio to be available all over the globe, and each city has its unique rules and regulations that we'll have to comply with. The manufacturing is under control – now the hardest part is working with businesses and municipalities to get it out there.
We have been building, testing and improving Bindio for past year and a half and it's been fully operational for the past six months. Cyclists use it and love it, and now we need to improve it and deliver to wider masses. We promise to be 100% transparent and communicate as much as possible so people will know where and when they can expect to see Bindio stands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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