Monday, June 25, 2012

SenseAware and The RAAM

The Ohio CycleWorks bike team, sponsored by FedEx Custom Critical, is participating in this year’s Race Across America (RAAM).  Known as the “World's Toughest Bicycle Race.”  The race is 3000 miles long.  Furthermore, RAAM is one of the longest running sporting events in the world.  This team is racing for a wonderful cause, the Akron Children’s Hospital.  FedEx has a web-based tracking system called SenseAware®.  The Ohio CycleWorks bike team agreed to carry this little tracking systems on their race this year. 

SenseAware is usually used to help allow 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 a little device that rides inside the package so you can monitor the conditions and travels of the contents in real time.  So it's very awesome these two joined up and that SenseAware is sponsoring The Ohio CycleWorks team and that I got a chance to see how SenseAware worked.

SenseAware can track things like real-time temperature, light exposure, accelerometer data to detect drops and GPS location.  I love that you can track the temperature.  That is very important for medical equipment that shouldn't be too hot or too cold.  Here is a little of what the SenseAware picked up on The Ohio CycyleWorks Bike Team:

  • Saturday June 16th They departed Oceanside, CA and temperature read 81 degrees.
  • Sunday June 17th they were in Wickeburg, AZ with 84.9 degrees.
  • Monday June 18th they reached Highway 191, that's in Utah. The temperature read 77.9 degrees.
  • Tuesday June 19th they reached the hottest point in Bartlett, Kansas 91.6 degrees.  Who would of thought Kansas would have been the hottest?
  • Wednesday June 20th, when they hit El Dorado Springs, Missouri it was 90 degrees.
  • Thursday June 21st in Bluff City, MO it was 91.4 degrees.
  • Friday June 22nd Belpre, OH, the location I was most excited about, it was 92.4 degrees

I never followed a Bike Race before and recently have gotten interested in endurance races and such, so it was cool to be able to not only follow this race but to track it in real time.

For more information about the Ohio CycleWorks Charities or to donate to their cause, please visit their website at .  If you want to see more of how the race went, please visit

Disclosure: 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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