After riding across part of the country in a truck, passing through seven different states, I know that cross country driving is no joke. What is even more serious is biking across America. This past weekend, the Ohio CycleWorks bicycle team completed an amazing feat by completing one of the longest running sports events in the world – Race Across America (RAAM). Not only did they face dust storms in Kansas and extreme heat in the Rockies, they did it all while cycling from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland in a week. What a journey!
Along the way, the Ohio CycleWorks team was tracked by FedEx’s new SenseAware tracking system. SenseAware is taking tracking packages to a whole new level. It’s more than just inputting a tracking number. It’s logging into a near real-time data platform that allows you to track and monitor vital statistics for your package.
I’m talking more than “your package is currently in Idaho” updates. Think – your package is currently enter Bloomington, IN. The current temperature is 92.9 degrees F. This is the perfect method to ship and track sensitive or high-value products so you can know exactly where they are and what environment they are in at any given time. You can even track the relative humidity and light sensitivity of your package.
The grueling Race Across America is certainly one way to put SenseAware to the test. The SenseAware tracking system allowed me to easily track the Ohio CycleWorks team as they made their way across the country. The level of detail provided showed us the weather the riders faced and helped us track the cities as they rode through. We knew when they were entering the Arizona deserts and when they entered the rolling plains of Kansas. Visit the OhioWorks SenseAware blog to read what featured team member, Scott Garchar, shares about the Ohio CycleWorks RAAM journey. We watched the temperature as it swung from the 70s to the 100s and yet the Ohio CycleWorks team kept riding.
They were racing for a cause – the Akron Children’s Hospital. As part of their Race Across America, the Ohio CycleWorks bike team raised money for the Akron’s Children’s Hospital. For more information about the Ohio CycleWorks Charities or to donate to their cause, you can visit their website at http://ohiocycleworkscharities.org/. To learn more about SenseAware, visit senseaware.com.
Disclaimer: 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.