CES 2018, awarded the Italian Sitael that transforms electric bikes into connected vehicles

CES 2018, awarded the Italian Sitael that transforms electric bikes into connected vehicles

The IoT system developed by the Apulian company is called MAT and is a magnetic docking station smartphone: it won the Honoree award at the CES 2018 Innovation Awards in the Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology category. It will be launched on the market in March with a crowdfunding campaign

L ‘ innovation made in Italy does not go unnoticed at the CES in Las VegasSitael’s IoT solution for e-bikes, the “MAT”, wins the HONOREE award at the CES 2018 Innovation Awards in the Vehicle Intelligence & Self-Driving Technology category . Sitael is the only Italian company, among the 45 in the Italian village set up for the first time in Las Vegas, awarded at the most important hi-tech fair in the world.

The prize

The MAT (Magnetic Assisted Tap) is the first magnetic and intelligent docking station that turns every e-bike into a connected vehicle that comes to life with a single smartphone gesture. The system was honored as Honoree at the CES 2018 Innovation Awards in the Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology category. The recognition did not go unnoticed, so much so that even the Minister for Economic Development Carlo Calenda, through his twitter profile, wanted to congratulate the company from Puglia.

The products selected in this international competition are evaluated by a panel of prominent professionals including industrial designers, engineers and industry communication specialists. The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are promoted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) which, since 1976, rewards new products and cutting-edge technological services in terms of design, design, engineering and user experience.

How MAT works

The   Magnetic Assisted Tap is the revolutionary new concept of smartphone magnetic docking station that, integrating the SITAEL electronics with GPS and GPRS modules, provides connectivity to e-bikes in a completely wireless way. By simply placing the smartphone on the upper surface of the MAT the vehicle comes to life : it switches on automatically, unlocks the rear wheel safety system and disables the satellite alarm. In other words, with a simple gesture the smartphone becomes the key, the display and the vital center of the electric bike.


“It is an important result for the whole development team” says Matteo Pertosa, head of the Industrial & IoT division “SITAEL’s vision of providing unique and innovative technology reaches its maximum expression with the MAT which protects and involves users by defining a new level of cycling in one gesture. ”

Thanks to its proprietary magnetic technology, the MAT is water resistant to IP65, and has been tested at extreme temperatures (-20 ° C, + 85 ° C) and subjected to vibrational tests with vertical shocks up to 70g of force (gravitational acceleration) ) with a certified shaker tool that has confirmed its suitability for the most extreme off-road routes.

In addition to private use, this technology is the perfect solution for advanced bike-sharing systems, such as the one that will be installed in the next few months in the City of Bari thanks to the MAT offering a service with free-floating mode (ie with free parking of the vehicle and not tied to the charging station), anti-theft and anti-vandalism protection combined with a unique ease of use. The MAT will be launched on the international market in March  through an important crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that will also present the first e-bike integrated with the MAT, the folding model of the Nexum range.

What SITAEL does

With over 350 employees and state-of-the-art infrastructure, Sitael is a Pugliese company that manufactures satellites and innovative solutions adopted in critical safety applications both in the Space sector, as in the case of the temperature sensor installed on the Rover Curiosity of the NASA space mission operating on Mars, both in the Industrial and Internet of Things (IoT) sector , as in the case of MatiPay for vending and ESB for connectivity systems for electric vehicles. Sitael is one of the companies of the Angel technology holding company that also includes MERMEC (measurement trains) and BLACKSHAPE (carbon fiber planes).