FedEx Corp. has launched SenseAware ID, a lightweight sensor-based logistics device that provides enhanced package visibility and tracking. The location visibility provided by this technology will offer real-time updates on a package’s location within the FedEx Express network.
The detailed location data provided by SenseAware ID, it is expected , will be used for upcoming COVID-19 vaccine shipments.
SenseAware ID uses a lightweight, compact sensor that transmits precise package location data every two seconds via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to WiFi 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.
As part of the initial roll-out, SenseAware ID sensors are being applied to First Overnight shipments within the U.S. domestic FedEx Express network. An initial round of customers in the healthcare, aerospace and retail industries will receive access to the enhanced data in November 2020. FedEx expects to expand access to this precision location data to additional customers throughout the first half of 2021. SenseAware ID will eventually be made available for a broad range of premium FedEx Express services.
The enhanced package visibility data provided by SenseAware ID will give 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.