Systems and methods for unlocking a lock

  • US 10,255,740 B2
  • Filed: 12/15/2017
  • Issued: 04/09/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/28/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A bicycle sharing system, comprising:

  • a lock for a bicycle, including;

    a storage device;

    a locking mechanism configured to move between a locking position of the lock so that the bicycle can be used and an unlocking position of the lock so that the bicycle cannot be used; and

    a controller configured to actuate the locking mechanism to lock or unlock the lock; and

    a server including;

    a storage device including a set of instructions; and

    a processor in communication with the storage device, wherein when executing the set of instructions, the processor is configured to cause the server to;

    receive, via a network, a first service request for bicycle sharing to unlock the lock from a terminal device, the first service request being associated with a wireless connection between the lock and the terminal device; and

    transmit, via the network, a password associated with the first service request to the terminal device,wherein the controller of the lock is further configured to;

    receive an input associated with the terminal device;

    determine whether the received input satisfies an unlocking condition; and

    actuate, based on a result of the determination that the received input satisfies the unlocking condition, the locking mechanism to unlock the lock, the unlocking condition be relating to a pre-stored password stored in the storage device of the lock, wherein the pre-stored password is obtained by the lock from the server at a time point when a preceding service transaction associated with a preceding service request is completed and before receiving the first service request for bicycle sharing.

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