bpost and Zetes join forces to find lost bikes

Brussels (Belgium), 23 September 2014 - Bpost, the leading postal and courier services provider in Belgium, has chosen Zetes to create an innovative system called CycloSafe. The system was launched on 15th September 2014. It tracks and finds lost bicycles thanks to an RFID chip built into a box installed on the frame of the bike. Whilst doing their rounds, letter carriers equipped with portable readers scan bikes. The information is then sent to the ZetesOlympus central database.

The only system of its kind in Belgium

In view of the growing number of lost and stolen bikes in Belgium, bpost is creating an opportunity to solve this problem by developing the CycloSafe system in partnership with Zetes. This system is used to locate and retrieve lost or stolen bikes and return them to their owners. 

Nico Cools, Managing Director Business Customers & Solutions at bpost: "We wanted to extend our range of services to citizens. Then we had the idea of CycloSafe. Bicycle theft is a plague, and our team of letter carriers covers every street in the country on a daily basis. To implement a traceability system, we needed a partner with experience in projects of this magnitude. We chose Zetes, a well-known Belgian company."

And in practice?

Zetes managed the engineering and industrialisation of CycloSafe. The box, which is permanently secured to the bicycle frame, contains a chip with a unique identification number that is registered in the ZetesOlympus database. The device is activated the first time its user logs onto the dedicated bpost website. 

Zetes has developed an application for portable data terminals, which communicates with an RFID reader via Bluetooth®. The device allows fast and continuous reading of data in areas of high bike concentration, such as stations, near schools, etc. The data are then sent to the ZetesOlympus database in the cloud. Next, they are sent to the bpost application. If a lost or stolen bike has been detected, bpost contacts the local police force, which will take action to reunite the bike with its owner. The ZetesOlympus database communicates with the bpost system. The geolocation information, managed by Zetes, and the user’s personal data, managed by bpost, are stored separately for data protection purposes. 

Alain Wirtz, CEO of the Zetes Group: "Zetes already has a strong presence in the postal sector in Europe, with its Proof of Delivery solution, ZetesChronos. But for this unique and innovative project in Belgium, bpost has given us the opportunity to use the central element of our suite of Collaborative Supply Chain solutions, ZetesOlympus, using RFID technology." 

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About Zetes

Zetes is an international corporation specialising in the provision of identification and mobility solutions. By using the latest technologies, Zetes enables its customers improve the speed and quality of their process execution and increase data accuracy, which in turn helps them to remain at the forefront of their industries. That's what makes Zetes both a pioneer and a market leader at the same time.

The Zetes Group is based in Brussels and has more than 1100 employees in 19 countries across EMEA. In 2014, its turnover was €245.3 million.

About Zetes’ supply chain solutions

Zetes transforms the way modern supply chains collaborate. Its process optimisation solutions for packaging, storage, proof of delivery, sales, direct store services and store management, all linked by the ZetesOlympus repository, allow large companies to implement end-to-end tracking and tracing of goods, from production to the end user. Zetes plays an important part in helping companies deal with the challenges of global tracking, such as serialisation, parallel markets, security, legal obligations, and counterfeiting. Zetes integrates next-generation cloud platforms with cutting-edge technologies such as imaging, voice recognition, RFID, codification and mobile terminals. Zetes is a trusted partner that can guarantee perfect life cycle management of all its solutions, with its Zetes TotalCare and Zetes TotalFinance services.

About Zetes’ government solutions

The People ID division of Zetes provides secure solutions that allow governments to accurately identify their populations and satisfy the strictest international requirements concerning the issuing of documents and the organising of democratic elections. Zetes has more than 10 years' experience in the implementation of sensitive projects for governments and supranational organisations. Zetes’ government solutions are characterised by reliability, combined with flexibility and operational capability. Through this approach, citizens are secure in their ability to prove their identity and exercise democratic rights.