RS Components cyclists raise money for Children with Cancer UK – we tracked their journey with the Zerynth powered Polaris
We are extremely happy to report that the RS Components team has raised over £200,000 for Children with Cancer UK. Thanks to the Zerynth powered Polaris, we had a chance to be a part of that journey.
Zerynth powered Polaris tracker
Tour de Branch has lasted from June 8th until June 19th. During that time, the Zerynth powered Polaris was attached to two bicycles.
Like we mentioned in our previous post about Tour de Branch, the Fortebit Polaris was tracking temperature, humidity, and pressure data on one bicycle, and air quality data on the other.
The @RSComponents cyclists are half way between Glasgow and Newcastle now. Are you tracking them on the #Polaris dashboard, too? https://t.co/YVZ3wC11G3#TourdeBranch @DesignSparkRS @Fortebit pic.twitter.com/SBNSSHTSoP
— Zerynth (@Zerynth) June 11, 2019
Polaris is a Python programmable open IoT platform, that’s designed for remote logging and Cloud applications. As you can see by its example at Tour de Branch, it’s an excellent vehicle tracker. Thanks to the Zerynth license on board, you can easily program it in Python, right out of the box.
It’s clear that Python’s versatility transcends simple embedded projects and easily moves into real-life products for vehicle tracking, fleet management and tracking, and environmental monitoring.
The simplicity and ease of use of Python programming is common knowledge by now, and Python programming with the Zerynth tools is even better. Since there aren’t many Python based asset tracking solutions out there, we hope that the example of Polaris during Tour de Branch shows you how simple and beneficial it is to use Python with the Zerynth ecosystem in projects like these.
As you can see from the image below, Polaris is small and compact enough to fit at the back of the bike:
The dedicated team of @RSComponents cyclists is now halfway between Newcastle and Leeds. Their final destination is London, on June 19th. We can track them thanks to #Polaris, mounted on two bikes. https://t.co/4rdfgLQiJ2@DesignSparkRS @Zerynth pic.twitter.com/F658kVSIQo
— Fortebit (@Fortebit) June 12, 2019
Cycling across the UK
During the race, 60 cyclists from the RS Components team crossed over 1,100 miles. They cycled from the RS Local branch in Aberdeen to their London HQ, stopping along to 16 other RS branches.
You can see the whole journey on the image below:
Once you see it on a map, it’s even more impressive. The team rode for hundreds of miles every single day. In all kinds of conditions.
Thanks to the Zerynth powered Polaris trackers on the two bikes, we could see what those conditions were. Furthermore, it’s not only their location that we were following with Polaris. We knew what the weather was like, if the humidity was too high, what the air quality was like, etc.
On June 10th they were visited and supported by the British Olympic athlete Greg Rutherford.
British Olympian and long jump champion @GregJRutherford had some motivational words for the cyclists today – and sent them off with a bang.
— RS Components (@RSComponents) June 10, 2019
Only 24h before the race has ended the team was £30,000 away from the desired goal.
Because of you, we've been able to raise £220,000! We're only £30,000 away from our goal.
— RS Components (@RSComponents) June 17, 2019
On June 19th, during the last day of the race, the goal of £250,000 is nearly reached, at £230,000.
Our team of RS heroes are leaving #Heathrow on the way to #Watford on the final day of their 1,100 mile journey which has seen them take on the toughest of weather conditions all in aid of @CwC_UK
Help them on their final stretch by donating here: https://t.co/8ZYQM0dXfU pic.twitter.com/myUewnNQjj
— RS Components (@RSComponents) June 19, 2019
All the funds go to Children with Cancer UK, an organization that raises and invest money for vital specialist research to save the lives of children who are fighting this terrible disease.
You can learn more about their journey by watching this video:
We hope that the effort and dedication the RS team has shown becomes an inspiration to others. That their vision is a beacon to other companies and individuals. That it’s a sign of what people could do when they have a noble goal before them.
The dedication these cyclists have shown to raise £250k for @CwC_UK has been huge. They battled the elements and sacrificed time from their families. It was great to see everyone at the emotional finish line. #fortheinspired
— RS Components (@RSComponents) June 19, 2019