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Race Across America Tracked By SenseAware® Powered by FedEx

For many years, I have heard of  the Race Across America, but I never knew a lot about it. Married to a man who is a runner and has completed several triathlons, biking and running have become more of an interest to me. This year – I am getting informed about this year’s Race Across America. The Ohio CycleWorks bike team, sponsored by FedEx Custom Critical, participated in this year’s Race Across America (RAAM).  Known as the “World’s Toughest Bicycle Race,” RAAM is one of the longest running sporting events in the world. I find this very fascinating! The Ohio CycleWorks team, features one of their team members, Scott Garchar (board member of Ohio CycleWorks Charities).

A very cool thing about this year’s race is that racer Scott Garcher was tracked by SenseAware® powered by FedEx. This particular tracking device is a comprehensive tracking  and monitoring service integrated with a powerful web-based application. FedEx designed this device to provide real-time data about customer shipments.  With SenseAware® customers can stay connected to their shipments by viewing vital statistics such as current location, temperature, barometric pressure, relative humidity and light sensitivity. I believe SenseAware takes tracking packages to a whole new meaning! The SenseAware service is available to customers in all industries such as healthcare and life sciences, aerospace, the arts, financial institutions and more—who can benefit from this added level of visibility and monitoring. The service is especially valuable for companies who ship high-value, highly sensitive products.

Now back to the race – A SenseAware device travelled with Garchar and the team throughout the entire race, which kicked off on June 16 from Oceanside, California and ended in Annapolis, Maryland yesterday.  The device was linked to the web-based platform providing near real-time GPS location and environmental conditions. I just logged in and found that the last reading was yesterday at 4:47pm, when the race ended. The tracking will state whether or not the product (or person) is in transit. The tracking stated that when the racer arrived at the destination the temperature was 33.9 degrees Celsius with a humidity of 62%. You can also tell what the light exposure is on shipments!

This team raced for a great cause! The Ohio CycleWorks bike team is raising money for the Akron Children’s Hospital. FedEx Custom Critical is happy to be a proud supporter of the Akron Children’s Hospital and the Ohio CycleWorks team. This charity makes for a natural fit for SenseAware® because it allows healthcare providers to monitor critical shipments – the kind that can help save the lives of the very children that Ohio CycleWorks is riding to support. SenseAware is such a cool feature that FedEx now offers their clients. I can really see how one might want to utilize SenseAware tracking if sending something very valuable or important.

Do you make an effort to follow the Race Across America (RAAM) each year?


“I received compensation from FedEx for covering the use of SenseAware® technology during the 2012 Race Across America. My ideas and opinions relayed in this blog post and any related Twitter discussions are the my own and are not provided by FedEx or its affiliates and subsidiaries.”

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