Argyll GPS Safety Solution In European Charity Adventure

Fri 15 Oct, 2010

Andy Gray, UK & Ireland Service Operations Manager for Johnson Controls, recently completed a second long distance cycle across Europe for charity accompanied only by GPS safety technology supplied by Argyll.

Andy was supported remotely throughout his cycle by Argyll, the UK’s leader in lone worker safety. Andy carried a tiny Smartcare GPS unit for personal safety throughout his trip and this was combined with Seeker, Argyll’s real-time track & trace secure Internet service, which allowed Argyll’s highly trained operators to ensure his safety and simultaneously permit Andy’s colleagues, supporters and sponsors to follow his progress in real time as he travelled across Europe.

Earlier this year Andy cycled from Brussels to Monaco as part of the Johnson Controls team to help raise awareness of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum. This time Andy did the cycle, without his teammates, to raise funds for his charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, an organisation which helps care for people with cancer or other life limiting illnesses. The charity employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals and cares for an estimated 27,000 terminally ill patients.

Andy began his 4 day journey in Paris on 13th September, then cycled through the Burgundy and Jura regions before taking the steep climb up Col de la Faucille, an exhausting 1232m high, before finally arriving in Geneva on the 16th.

The Seeker Internet service provided 24 hour access to Andy’s position in real time. The position data was supplied by the discreet Smartcare device and then translated as a visible ‘breadcrumb’ trail on google mapping showing his distance travelled, latitude and longitude, speed and time.  This allowed Andy’s supporters to follow, not only the distance covered but also the speed of his progress. Messages of support, sent directly to Andy through the Argyll website, provided valuable encouragement when the going began to get tough.

Andy remains very appreciative of all the messages that were left and all donations received. He successfully completed the 550km cycle in one piece and has raised over £1,700 so far for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Well done Andy!