Method and apparatus for securing a movable item to a structure

  • US 8,061,499 B2
  • Filed: 04/02/2009
  • Issued: 11/22/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/23/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An electronic locking system for removably securing a bicycle to a structure, the electronic locking system comprising:

  • first and second complementary cooperating connecting members, each being fixedly mounted to a respective one of the bicycle and the structure and being engageable together in a lockable position; and

    a securing assembly for securing said first and second connecting members together when engaged in the lockable position, said securing assembly comprising;

    a movable locking member operatively associated to the first connecting member;

    a locking aperture defined in the second connecting member, said locking aperture being adapted for receiving the movable locking member when the connecting members are engaged together in the lockable position, wherein the movable locking member, when in said unlocked position, is in a retracted position, thereby allowing a clear channel for moving the bicycle into the locking position with the structure;

    an actuator operatively coupled to the movable locking member for actuating the movable locking member between an unlocked position enabling disengagement of the first and second connecting members and a locked position wherein the movable locking member protrudes from the retracted position to engage the locking aperture;

    position detecting means mounted to one of said first and second connecting members for detecting a positioning of said first and second connecting members in said lockable position; and

    electronic control means operatively coupled to the actuator for controlling selective actuation of the movable locking member from the unlocked position to the locked position and from the locked position to the unlocked position when the connecting members are engaged together in the lockable position,wherein said electronic control means is adapted to selectively actuate said actuator to move said movable locking member from said unlocked position to said locked position upon detection by the position detecting means of said positioning of said first and second connecting member in said lockable position.

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