Two Rennes start-ups put technology at the service of cyclists and stand out in the Lépine competition

Two Rennes start-ups put technology at the service of cyclists and stand out in the Lépine competition
Two Rennes start-ups put technology at the service of cyclists and stand out in the Lépine competition

Baltee Mobility presented its security box for bicycles which acts as an anti-theft alarm, fall detector, emergency call button… in short, a real guardian angel on a bicycle. For its part, another start-up from Rennes, Neoca, unveiled its bicycle helmet that is as discreet as it is stylish. Two innovations which have just triumphed in the Lépine competition. Find these young inventors from Rennes in our newspaper this Sunday, May 12 at 7:15 p.m. in our newspaper.

You never learn better than by yourself. A cyclist himself, like those close to him, Armand Fourtané, co-founder of Baltee, knows what it’s like to fall off your bike at night, with no one to help you, or to be bothered at night by malicious people. . The same goes for not finding your bike where you had tied it.

So with his team he worked, for almost 21 months, on a concept for a box that can be attached to the handlebars, and which acts as both an anti-theft alarm and an emergency contact.

For the moment this connected box has a code name, B-01.

In its anti-theft function, an audible alarm is triggered in the event of suspicious movement. After 5 seconds, the alarm rises to 100 decibels to permanently deter the thief.

At the same time, a notification is sent to your phone to alert you of the situation.

In the event of a fall, it’s a bit the same principle. The B-01 is equipped with a detector. After 15 seconds, if you have not stopped it, it contacts by email or SMS and gives your location to the emergency contacts previously entered in the application.

There is also an SOS button which allows you to alert your emergency contacts by pressing it for 3 seconds. Your contacts know where and when you were, or if you felt in danger. A function which can be very practical in the event of attack.

In Paris, at the Lépine competition, the B01 connected multifunction security assistant was presented in the “Connected Universe” category.
He won one of ten gold medals in the Lépine competition, the silver medal in the French Health Prize for medicine, exercise and sport and the Coup de Cœur prize from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. industry of Paris Île-de-France.

The Baltee B-01 weighs 80 grams and has a battery life of 8 days. It will be marketed in September, at a price of 149 euros.

In future developments, Baltee wants to make its application and its system more community-based. The idea is that everyone nearby can receive a notification in the event of an SOS or fall. On the condition that they also have a Baltee B-01.

We already told you about Néoca last March. The two engineers from the Rennes start-up, Romane and Maxence, both trained at INSA, began working on a foldable bicycle helmet, to be stored in the bag.
But it was for its invisible bicycle helmet that Néoca won the silver medal in the Lépine competition, and the prize from the Prefecture and the Ile-de-France Region.

This helmet, covered with a cap or a hat to be stylish on your bike, summer and winter, is approved to European standards. The textiles are interchangeable and washable.
Allow 150 euros for a complete helmet (helmet + textile) and 50 euros to buy a single textile.

Live and on the France3 Bretagne set, Armand Fourtané, co-founder of Baltee, and Romane Le Scour, co-president of Néoca, will come to react to their prize and talk about their projects this Sunday at 7:15 p.m. on the France3 Bretagne set



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