Orange’s enterprise division has won a deal to supply a bike security start-up with global IoT connectivity and management capabilities.

The three-year contract sees Orange Business Services (OBS) provide Italy-based Sherlock with embedded SIM cards and global connectivity for its IoT anti-theft solution, which is currently available in Europe and North America.

The start-up will also use Orange’s IoT portal to manage the SIM cards.

Sherlock sells small devices – designed to be concealed in a bicycle’s handlebars and serve as a unique identifier for the bike – directly to consumers.

As well as GPS and Bluetooth, the devices contain a GPRS module providing cellular connectivity, with two years of connectivity included in the purchase price.

Each one works with a dedicated mobile app that allows the user to track its location and receive notifications if the bike is moved.

Fabrice de Windt, SVP for Europe at Orange Business Services, said: “In recent years, cycling has boomed in popularity, and this has led to growth in the premium bike market.

“Cars have had anti-theft devices for many years, but until now, the bike industry was lagging behind.  

“With Sherlock, cyclists no longer need to worry about having an expensive bike stolen.”

OBS offers connectivity as part of Datavenue, its end-to-end service for enterprises looking to launch IoT products.

Currently supporting over 12 million objects in a range of sectors, it offers connected hardware such as sensors and cameras, insights based on anonymised network data, connectivity, data management software to monitor devices and end-to-end security and data protection.

Last month, Orange won a similar deal with wearables start-up Yepzon Group to connect 100,000 wearable locator devices in up to 220 countries around the world.

Earlier this week, OBS announced a deal with Borgward Geoup AG, which will use Orange’s cloud platform to host its overseas websites.

OBS saw sales fall 1.3 percent to €1.82 billion in the second quarter.

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