As SAP’s John Matthews continues preparations for his East Coast bicycle riding fundraiser beginning August 23, the global vice president and HCM line-of-business partner knows he and his fellow bikers will be a little safer on their five-week, 1,800-mile journey.
SAP partner Telit, a manufacturer of Internet of Things (IoT) products and solutions, has agreed to donate custom-built personal safety monitoring devices to riders participating in the event for Ride Hard Breathe Easy, an organization Matthews founded to help raise funds and awareness for lung cancer. The non-intrusive devices, created by Telit specifically for this event, are smaller than a deck of cards, weigh less than four ounces and have battery power for more than 12 hours, providing telemetry on riders on a minute-by-minute basis.
“We’re excited to get started. Everyone is excited to use the Telit devices. The information they provide is extremely important,” Matthews said. “This kind of support is critical to ensure that our riders are safe as we embark on this great challenge.”
Last year, Matthews biked across the country and raised more than $93,000 for Ride Hard Breathe Easy in honor of his mother Kathleen, who died of lung cancer. For 2018, Matthews has enlisted more riders with the hope of raising even more money. He’s pledged to raise $1 million in his lifetime in Kathleen’s memory.
Next month, the Telit solution will allow organizers—and website visitors—to monitor the riders’ progress along the way. These IoT-powered asset-tracking devices monitor temperature and speed, and send alerts if a bike crashes, stops or changes course in a wrong way. “I know from last year, that you could be riding on a trail and fall down. Before, no one would know, especially if you were riding by yourself. This is so much better,” Matthews said.
Errol Binda, vice president of Marketing at Telit, said Ride Hard Breathe Easy’s mission to “chase down lung cancer, one mile at a time,” made it an easy choice to support the organization. “We’re really honored to be participating in such a great cause and a partnership with SAP. We are all inspired by John’s motivation and his initiative,” Binda said.
Telit specializes in IoT technology that provides an onboarding service for devices, along with cellular connectivity to seamlessly integrate any of Telit’s more than 7,000 IoT customers, Binda said. “We can leverage SAP Cloud Platform, enabling SAP applications to see the data from those devices and manage the health and connectivity of those devices,” he added.
The custom-developed devices with a personal safety application are based on Telit technologies used in other environments such as child tracking, pet tracking, or temperature-sensitive transportation, said John Keever, CTO of IOT Services at Telit.
“We’re taking advantage of the SAP Leonardo platform and team. Telit does IoT every day. We have more than 7,000 customers and partners developing products based on our technology. This is just one example of how our combined knowledge and technology is improving lives,” Keever said. “We’re excited to be doing this for lung cancer research. It’s another example of how we help improve lives every day with SAP.”
Telit’s commitment to Ride Hard Breathe Easy demonstrates both the innovative solutions being developed by SAP partners as well as SAP’s Partnership with Purpose, said Martin Mrugal, chief innovation officer and head of Customer Experience at SAP.
“We’re all very proud of the work that John and Ride Hard Breathe Easy have done to raise money and awareness for lung cancer and of the support from the extended SAP family, including partners like Telit,” Mrugal said. “Partnerships like that are what make SAP and all our partners and customers so successful.”
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