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Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Young with his SenseAware device.
The program is designed to provide a skill set in best business procedures and practices not available through existing military or advanced civilian schooling programs. In addition to FedEx, there are TWI opportunities with Starbucks and Home Depot.
I have been with FedEx since June. The leadership within FedEx has been extremely welcoming. FedEx sees value in the TWI program and gives Supply Corps officers an opportunity to provide a “fresh set of eyes,” and ask questions regarding their existing processes and procedures. Since June, I have visited FedEx leadership in areas such as short and long-range planning, operations management, sourcing, operational research, supply chain logistics, Maintenance Operations Center, Global Operations Center (current OPS) and FedEx Training Institute.
One of the benefits of the TWI program is that it allows the Navy the opportunity to learn about innovative technology being developed in the private sector that may have potential for military use. I discovered one such technology while here at FedEx, Sensor Based Logistics (SBL).
A combination of cutting-edge hardware and advanced software systems, sensor based logistics uses sophisticated sensor devices to detect location and environmental variables like temperature, light, humidity and barometric pressure. Wireless communication provides a near real-time view of these variables as they relate to your shipments. The devices are paired with revolutionary management software that displays, stores and analyzes the sensor data. The near real-time tracking ability that sensor based logistics provides has the potential to benefit the Navy’s supply chain, and high value depot level repair parts.
What is SenseAware(SM) powered by FedEx?
FedEx has developed a sensor based logistics technology called SenseAware(SM).
SenseAware is a first-of-its-kind service that provides near real-time access to a package’s vital statistics within the in-transit supply chain or stationary inventory monitoring. The SenseAware service has the ability to share that information continually across global supply chain stakeholders. A multi-sensor device, deeply integrated with a powerful web-based application, enables customers in a broad range of industries to stay connected to their high-value, critical shipments. The SenseAware service can provide:
* Current location of the shipments (when traveling on the ground)
* Accurate temperature, relative humidity, and barometric pressure readings
* Alerts or notifications when a shipment’s contents have been exposed to light
SenseAware is a contract-only service, but can be easily adopted without infrastructure or large managed-service commitments. The added flexibility of the SenseAware device enables it to be used for monitoring of inventory, single shipments, or large palletized shipments. Customers simply set up a shipment in the SenseAware application and place the activated device in the package before shipping. SenseAware can also be used to conduct targeted experiments for supply chain development.
Recently, FedEx announced an expansion and enhancement of its SenseAware service, providing customers with broader international availability and the ability to use the service with carriers outside the FedEx network. The release of the next generation of the SenseAware device, SenseAware 2000, offers customers more accurate near real-time location, improved cellular connectivity and longer battery life.
These enhancements give the service greater reach and provide customers richer, more customizable information for monitoring critical and high value shipments and inventory.
“SenseAware is all about information, and the innovative service increases visibility, allowing customers to make better and more timely decisions,” explained Carl Asmus, vice president of Market Development for FedEx. “Our customers now have more actionable intelligence at their fingertips to make informed decisions and identify opportunities to improve their global supply chain, a tremendous value for any business.”
SenseAware Service Expands to International Markets
Initially available for shipments only in the U.S., SenseAware can now help customers monitor shipments and inventory in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore. SenseAware is also targeting further international expansion.
“SenseAware provides unmatched visibility and insight into global shipments, which is especially important in this increasingly complex global business environment,” Asmus said. “Our international expansion program is allowing us to better serve our customers by providing access to markets where our customers have a need to monitor their supply chain.”
SenseAware is Now Carrier Neutral
The SenseAware service is now available on a growing list of air and ground transportation carriers, delivering more transportation options to customers in order to better fit their specific needs and still benefit from the peace of mind and quality assurance provided by SenseAware. Beyond the FedEx network, the service is now available on the following carriers:
* Delta Air Lines (including Delta Connection)
* Southwest Airlines
* United Airlines mainline jets
* Third party ground carriers (when used consistently with their rules and regulations)
* Private fleets
Technology Enhancements and Upgrades
* SenseAware 2000: The new device offers customers improved benefits over the original SenseAware 1000 device first offered in November 2009. These include increased battery life, improved GPS technology, and better cellular connectivity.
* Accessories: SenseAware 2000 device is designed to support a temperature probe which has a temperature measurement range of -80°C to 60°C (-112°F to 140°F).
The SenseAware platform has added a variety of new key application improvements, including …
* Route Geo-fences: Customers can now create a geo-fence along the actual route a shipment should follow and set up alerts to notify the customer if the shipment deviates from this pre-established route. This feature is available on ground shipments.
* Environmental Data Specification: When setting up a journey or creating a template, customers can now choose which environmental data, such as temperature, humidity or barometric pressure, is collected. This ensures that the device only collects data for specific environments requested, thus streamlining the amount of information the customer receives.
* Nonevent Geo-fence Triggers: Triggers can be set up to alert or notify customers when geo-fence events do not occur as expected by a specified time. This helps customers determine if a package has gotten off pace or off track.
The TWI program is an excellent opportunity to expand your skill set and professional knowledge. If you have any questions regarding the FedEx TWI program, please contact me at email@example.com, and I would be happy to discuss my TWI experience. For more information regarding SenseAware, it can be accessed at www.senseaware.com or please contact Clark Broughton, U.S. Navy Account Manager, at 315-652-6386, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Young, Training With Industry Fellow, FedEx Express