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Manchester FAQ's

Data Trial FAQ’s


This document provides information regarding participation and use of See Sense ICON during data trials.

What impact will data collection have on my mobile data usage?

When collecting data, a transmission will take place to send data to our database once every 20 minutes. Our tests show that a single ICON bike light collecting data over for one hour will use approximately 2MB of data.  For comparison, 2MB is the less than the equivalent of sending one standard photo as a message via your data plan.

NOTE: If you are using two lights, this will double the data usage.

NOTE: Your mobile operator is likely to calculate your data usage based on their own metrics.


How will my phone and ICON battery be impacted by the data trial?

The rate of smartphone battery power consumption depends on many factors. When using the See Sense app in a data trial capacity, location services, Bluetooth and mobile data will be engaged. All three functions will require power from the battery which will likely be shared with other apps running on your mobile device. Our tests indicate that a one hour journey will use roughly 5% of a fully charged smartphone battery.

ICON battery runtime primarily depends on the mode of operation (flash or solid) and intensity level. Runtime in flash mode depends on flash rate as well as intensity. The flash rate can vary widely over a journey but you can typically expect around 15 hours runtime on the highest intensity setting. In solid mode , the runtime is typically around 1.5 - 2 hours on maximum intensity.



Total On Time

Flash Rate

Phone Battery Level Start

Battery Level End

Front Base + Rear Base

5.5 Hours




How do I collect data, is there anything special I need to do?


It is important that you use your lights in conjunction with the See Sense ICON app (downloadable from the Play Store). Please note, your trial lights will be set to a very low brightness intensity until you connect them to the app. Check the following before you set off on a ride:

  • Turn Bluetooth on.
  • Turn location services on.
  • Turn mobile data on.
  • Connect to the light(s).
  • Turn on the light(s) to either flashing or constant mode.

The light should now be transmitting data to the See Sense app on your mobile device over Bluetooth. The app then forwards the data to See Sense.

NOTE: You need to have a compatible Android smartphone that running Android 5.0 or higher (released Nov 2014)

NOTE: See Sense ICON bike lights collect data only when they are either flashing or on constant mode and connected to the app.

Will my trial light work with a non-trial light?

Yes. If you previously purchased light or are considering purchasing another ICON while using a trial light, both lights will work together and will not interfere with the trial. You can connect both lights and the app will recognise them automatically. It is only the trial light that will collect data.


What is my light measuring?

The light is measuring characteristics about the road conditions such as location and formation of potholes, situational information such as near-miss events, and also how often cyclists use roads, cycle lanes and greenways. In addition, See Sense ICON can also collect data about theft and crash incidents.


Will the app and firmware be updated?

Yes. We will issue updates to the firmware and app on an on-going basis to improve user experience and add new features. When new firmware becomes available, the app will alert you automatically to download and install it.


How will the results be shared?

We will collaborate with all involved parties to share the outcomes of the trial in a manner individual to each city. For queries about the City Trial, please contact your city co-ordinator as listed below.

Manchester: Sandra Stincic


Who will see and use my data?

Data collected via our application will be used primarily for the purposes of providing analysis that will allow for the improvement of cyclist safety and infrastructure as a whole. This data is anonymous, aggregate, de-identified or otherwise does not reveal your identity. We also work with partners and third parties. These third parties may have access to or process your journey data but only to the extent it is necessary for them to 1) provide their products and services to us, or 2) to provide you the products and services that you have requested.


What are the terms of use as a trial participant?

The Terms of Use dictate the following:

  • The lights must be attached to your bicycle. Please do not use the lights for any other purpose as the data won’t be valid.
  • The light(s) must be connected to the app for successful data collection. The light(s) only need to be connected when you are using them.
  • You must not disable, modify or misuse the light(s).

Please note, if you fail to do any of the above, you will be in violation of the Terms of Use policy.


What if something goes wrong with my light?

A list of the most common queries and responses can be found at this link . For any technical questions that are not covered, you can contact See.Sense directly at

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