FedEx's cellular sensor-package for your important shipments

Senseaware is FedEx's cellular-connected sensor-package. Drop it in your super-important packages (they're targeting it at people who ship human organs around) (Matthew from FedEx sez, "We're not targeting shipping of organs. It's life sciences. So that's pharma, medical devices/equipment, diagnostic kits and samples.") and for $120/month it will tell you everything about that package -- where it is at this very second, whether it's been dropped, how hot/cold it is, and so on. Science fiction plot-device ahoy! Also, check out the awesomely jargony product description from the press-release:

Available in the spring of 2010, SenseAware is an open, highly adaptive and easy-to-use sensor information sharing platform. It is a multi-modal solution that will serve customers who desire near real-time visibility and insight into their shipments. SenseAware will provide business decision makers the ability to quickly and easily collaborate on many types of information data across their global supply chain.

SenseAware is permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration to be used during flight on FedEx aircraft and will allow customers to monitor in-transit conditions during ground transportation.

A SenseAware device riding with a FedEx shipment can provide the following information:

* Precise temperature readings
* A shipment's exact location
* When a shipment is opened or if the contents have been exposed to light
* Real-time alerts and analytics between trusted parties regarding the above vital signs of a shipment

SenseAware powered by FedEx (via OhGizmo)


  1. Shame on them.

    Nice jargon, but I don’t see the words SYNERGY or LEVERAGE a single time!

    That’s no press release!!

  2. I heard a story about one of these tracking widgets last night. It was being used to monitor a MR scanner magnet (big, heavy, surprisingly delicate) as it was shipped across the Atlantic. Unfortunately the magnet was ‘dropped’ at some point, and DOA. Even more unfortunately, the drop killed the tracker/monitor at the same time, so they have no proof it was mis-handled. Bummer.

  3. “There’s a bomb in a package on a UPS truck. Once the bomb reaches 32 degrees, it blows up. If the bomb is exposed to light, it blows up. Also, if the bomb comes within fifty feet of a Starbucks, it blows up. And it’s a bio-nuke or something.

    “Whaddya do? WHADDYA DO?!”

    Speed 3: Contents Under Pressure

    Coming summer 2012

  4. Powered by FedEx… Hmmm. So FedEx has control over the information you can see about your package. And you’re supposed to trust that information.

    This would be useful if it was powered by a third party and could be used with any carrier.

  5. In about 5 years, you can buy them in a colorful 5pack (think iPod socks … whatever happened to those btw?), so you have one for each kid, wife, mistress, dog … sweet

  6. A PC vendor I worked for used to regularly ship laptops with logging accelerometers in place of the HDDs from Asia to the US to test packaging and shipping; best way to see what happens to your systems is to monitor it. I thought 9/11 put a stop to that though, the authorities dont like electronics that is “on” being shoved round the world.

  7. I have one just like it on my desk right now – only I built it for a US food company. The monthly charge, even including being gouged by AT&T and Telstra for international roaming, is nothing like $120.

    My question is: How does the GPS and cellular modem work inside a truck?

    Speed 3:

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