Vodafone’s IoT division has won a deal to provide connectivity to electric scooter company NIU.

The China-based company will pre-install its vehicles with Vodafone IoT SIM cards and one-year pre-paid data contracts that enable customers to get precise details about a scooter’s battery charge and journey range.

In addition, a security feature means that if the scooter is moved without authorisation then a text message is sent to the owner’s phone.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

NIU, which has sold over 330,000 smart electric scooters to date, signed distribution agreements in July to bring their products to Europe.

NIU founder Token Hu said: “This partnership allows NIU to reduce costs for global customers through lower data plans, while simultaneously building a robust connected device that is capable of connecting with global networks.”

Vodafone Director of IoT Erik Brenneis added: “This is a truly exciting agreement and another great example of how Vodafone and our partners are redefining transportation around the world.”

The UK-based operator has 59 million IoT connections around the world.

Earlier this week, it launched a range of consumer IoT products, including a connected car offering.

[Read more: Vodafone lifts lid on consumer IoT products]

In September, Vodafone’s annual Barometer report found that the number of new companies adopting IoT services has slowed in the past two years.

However, the number of companies with over 50,000 IoT connections has doubled in the past 12 months.

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