FedEx logistics sensor enables precision package tracking

September 14, 2020 //By Rich Pell
FedEx logistics sensor enables precision package tracking
Delivery services company FedEx Corp. has launched a lightweight sensor-based logistics device that it says delivers a new level of precision tracking for COVID-19 vaccine and other critical shipments.

The enhanced location visibility provided by its SenseAware ID technology, says the company, will create opportunities for its customers to reimagine their supply chain through real-time updates on a package's location within the FedEx Express network. SenseAware ID will improve the safety, security, and timeliness of deliveries - key attributes for packages that contain critical contents such as life-saving pharmaceuticals and emergency medical supplies.

The detailed location data provided by SenseAware ID is a critical differentiator for healthcare industry customers, says the company, and it expects to use this new technology with anticipated COVID-19 vaccine shipments. The enhanced package visibility data provided by SenseAware ID will give its healthcare customers the opportunity to closely monitor and proactively protect shipments using additional FedEx healthcare services, including cold-chain storage, thermal blankets, and temperature controlled containers.

SenseAware ID is expected to play a critical role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines using the FedEx First Overnight service, helping ensure these sensitive shipments are delivered quickly and safely.

"Package tracking and visibility are more important now than ever, as businesses have become increasingly reliant on timely deliveries," says Robert B. Carter, executive vice president and chief information officer, FedEx Corporation. "Created by our innovation teams at FedEx, SenseAware ID was designed to give our customers the precise level of tracking they’ve been looking for, enabling them to optimize their supply chains and make any necessary adjustments during the journey of their shipments."

SenseAware ID uses a lightweight, compact sensor that transmits precise package location data every two seconds via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to Wi-Fi access points or established gateway devices throughout the FedEx Express network. Packages equipped with the SenseAware ID sensor are tracked hundreds of times, versus dozens of times with traditional package scanning protocols, which provides an unprecedented amount of real-time data about the location of the shipment.

As part of the initial roll-out, SenseAware ID sensors are being applied to


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