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If the Delivery Guy Drops Your Package Senseaware Updates You Online

senseaware  If the Delivery Guy Drops Your Package Senseaware Updates You Online

FedEx unveils Senseaware, a drop-in sensor for packages that monitors everything from nasty falls to boxes being opened.

Speed isn’t good enough when you’re shipping something like transplant supplies for emergency surgery or tissue samples. You also need to be perfectly sure that what you’re sending hasn’t been compromised for even a second along the way. FedEx has come up with an answer: Senseaware, a drop-in sensor that pings the status of its contents to the Web, including temperature, exact location, and whether the shipment has been opened or exposed to light. There’s even an accelerometer, for detecting drops. Having already completed a beta test, Senseaware will now be deployed with 50 FedEx medical clients this spring.

“Four years ago, we started thinking about the next-generation alternatives to RFID,” says Mark Hamm, FedEx’s VP of Innovation. What they came up with is a Web-platform, combined with a sensor the size of a Blackberry, loaded with temperature and light meters, as well as GPS and a cellular antennae. (During plane rides, the device automatically goes into sleep mode, monitoring data but temporarily silencing the data relays.) Thus, as a shipment goes out, its location can be tracked to within feet of where it is at any second, and the Web interface registers its condition in real-time–a device/platform ecosystem that Hamm likens to iPod/iTunes.

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