A startup in Boston is using technology to help people recover their stolen bikes.
In a city that is known for a large population of students and commuters, bikes have become a popular way to get around. However, bike theft is a constant problem. That is why Rejjee created a system for registering bikes, photos and serial numbers that authorities can use to help track the problem and reunite owners with bikes that are recovered.
Like many startups, Ken Smith, Founder and Head of Product for Rejjee, joined Microsoft BizSpark for resources to help build their business. In a guest post on the Microsoft New England blog, he noted that, “to manage the high volume of information collected, Rejjee uses Microsoft Azure, the company’s cloud computing service.”
By working with several stakeholders and bringing a solution to the table, their business is on the move. They recently launched “Rejjee your Ride,” creating the largest regionally integrated anti-bike theft program in the country, teaming up with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Police, Boston Police Department, Somerville Police Department, Arlington Police Department, Northeastern University, Boston University, and several bicycle associations, including MassBike, MassCommute, Boston Bikes, RI Bike Assocociation, FL Bike Association, and NY Bike Association.
Check out their free mobile app and register your bike today. User reports also populate a crowd-sourced lost and found service where friends, neighbors and used goods dealers can be on the lookout and share information which are also accessible by local law enforcement.
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About BizSpark: Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps startups succeed by giving free access to Microsoft Azure cloud services, software and support. BizSpark members receive up to $750 per month of free Microsoft Azure cloud services for 3 years: that’s $150 per month each for up to 5 developers. Azure works with Linux and open-source technologies such as Ruby, Python, Java and PHP. BizSpark is available to startups that are privately held, less than 5-years-old and earn less than $1M in annual revenue.