Stadtwerke Düsseldorf relies on CloudBoxx Mini for electric moped sharing
Shared mobility technology made in Germany
- Scalable and future-proof solution
- Simple conversion on the street: via plug-n-play during operation
Düsseldorf/Siegen, February 3rd 2021 – Starting March 2021, Stadtwerke Düsseldorf will be using the CloudBoxx Mini telematics system from Invers for its “eddy” electric moped sharing service. This means “eddy” sharing will rely on the latest generation of IoT developed specifically for micromobility. The CloudBoxx Mini follows the CloudBoxx 3G “eddy” previously used, which has connected the vehicles with booking solutions of municipal utilities since 2017. The positive experiences from the past three years contributed to Stadtwerke Düsseldorf’s decision to continue the partnership with Invers. In addition, the ease of installing the new telematics and the goal of migrating the fleet to 4G made this a perfect fit for the future. During the first quarter of 2021, Stadtwerke will equip its MUVI electric mopeds from the manufacturer Torrot with the CloudBoxx Mini.
Stadtwerke also operates the ride pooling service CleverShuttle Düsseldorf in cooperation with Berlin-based start-up GHT Mobility GmbH. With its green electric mopeds, the environmentally-friendly moped sharing service “eddy” is now an integral part of sustainable mobility in the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Over 36,000 customers are currently registered with “eddy.” The sharing service operates under the free-floating model: in the app, users register and use the map view to find an available e-moped. After making a reservation, users can open the helmet compartment via the app, find two helmets, and be ready to go. Once the trip is complete, users can end the rental via the app.
Stadtwerke Düsseldorf attaches great importance to ensuring a pleasant and seamless user experience. For example, it is important that the vehicle is connected via mobile communications or Bluetooth so customers can start and end their trip without issues. Optimal interaction between the telematics in the scooter and the backend is critical. Since launching “eddy” in 2017, Stadtwerke continues to be impressed with the CloudBoxx from Invers.
Last year, the question arose regarding how to future-proof the technical solution against the phase-out of 2G and 3G mobile communications standards with the current LTE standard. To address this, Invers not only offers the proven CloudBoxx technology as CloudBoxx 4G, but also launched CloudBoxx Mini in September 2019 as a special telematics tailored to micromobility. “Our current solutions are state-of-the-art with LTE, which currently makes the most sense for shared mobility,” said Alexander Kirn, CEO of Invers. “We do not expect mobile operators to abruptly switch off the older standards, but they will slowly phase them out. Operators using our solution are happy to work with us to bring their solutions up to date as well.” At the end of 2020, the team at Stadtwerke Düsseldorf tested the CloudBoxx Mini in two moped, among other technical aspects, and opted for this solution.
The upgrade is planned for the first quarter of 2021 and Invers has a simple, effective solution for this task: because the CloudBoxx Mini plugs are compatible with the CloudBoxx via an adapter, the telematics units can be easily converted right on the streets via plug-n-play while operations continue running. As a result, “eddy” users can keep using this convenient and environmental-friendly sharing service without interruption.
INVERS, inventor of automated vehicle sharing, enables mobility service providers to launch, operate and scale their offerings with integrated hardware and software solutions specifically designed for developers of shared mobility services. As the world’s first shared mobility technology company, Invers is developing and reliably maintaining the fundamental building blocks at scale to offer its customers cost-efficient and easily implementable tech solutions.
The company acts as an independent and reliable partner for operators of services such as car sharing, scooter sharing, ride pooling and car rental with the vision to make the use of shared vehicles more convenient and affordable than ownership. Customers include Share Now, Clevershuttle, Miles, Getaround, Flinkster, TIER, Bounce and Emmy. The company was founded in 1993 and has locations in Siegen, Cologne and Vancouver. The development takes place entirely in Germany. www.invers.com
About Stadtwerke Düsseldorf
Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG is a local energy supplier and has been at work for Düsseldorf and the region for over 150 years. In addition to supplying electricity, gas, water and district heating as well as waste disposal, Stadtwerke Düsseldorf is committed to innovative fields, including digitalization, mobility and real estate. In particular, the commitment in the innovative fields of activity is also intended to contribute to the climate targets set by the state capital of Düsseldorf, which is aiming for CO2 neutrality by 2035.