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China's bicycle-sharing firm gets tech upgrade
   2017-02-22 23:35:11    Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Peng

Photo shows bikes that users can easily ride or park under the sharing scheme. [Photo: diyitui.com]

China's bicycle-sharing start-up ofo on Wednesday partnered with two Chinese telecom companies -- Huawei and China Telecom to improve its connectivity.

The firms will begin research on narrow band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) solutions for smart bicycle locks to improve the riding experience.

The NB-loT technology will allow connections between IoT devices faster and on a wider range. The connection also consumes less energy.

Ofo founder and CEO Dai Wei said the upgrade will solve the problems with smart locks.

Bicycle-sharing is the latest tech craze in China. Dai pioneered the service when he released the first station-less and app-enabled bicycles in Peking University in June 2015. Users can search for a bicycle and unlock it through a smart phone app.

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