FedEx Pilots “Smart” Tracking with Google Earth

FedEx logoAccording to ZDNet, FedEx CIO Robert Carter revealed at the Wharton Technology Conference in Philadelphia a pilot program that FedEx is experimenting with tracking valuable packages with Google Earth. The tracking involves more than just positional information – things like: package’s temperature, location, humidity levels and delivery status. The tracking device used in the pilot involves a “wireless device, about the size of a small cell phone, transmits information back to the company over public Wi-Fi networks.” For a long time now, I’ve been expecting one of the big tracking companies (UPS, FedEx, DHL) to release a network link capability to allow individuals to track their packages. But, none has yet to be released. In this case, FedEx is only experimenting with valuable packages. According to FedEx CIO Carter, using Google Earth has saved them considerable money for the tracking. But, whether this will be available anytime soon? He says: “It’s still a closed pilot, which is about all I can say.”

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


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  2. UPS has an On-line tool for tracking packages via a web service. I can help with .net source code if somebody is interested in it.

  3. aggravatedpackagewaiter says:

    Companies like Fedex can basically tell you what day the package will arrive; but its almost useless if you don’t know if it will arrive at 9AM or 9PM or any time in between. All they need do is use GPS to post the general location of the truck. At least what city or county its in; or better still a live address. This is technology that already exists and is low cost. Where is it?

  4. You’d think in this advanced multi technological age; coming up on 2010; we’d be able to see a blue dot on a map as to the location of a Delivery truck. Maybe you know a package is coming on a certain date; but 9 AM or 3 PM? This would at least give the recipient some idea what time of day his important package would arrive. How can this not yet exist in this GPS age??

  5. Wherethehellisit says:

    I don’t want to know what city my package is; that Im waiting for all morning; I want to know at least the street location of the truck. “Elm” Street; say; so I know the general time it will arrive. If you’re worried about security; let the cops track location as well. I just want to know if my package will arive within a certain hour. It does no good at all to tell my my package will arrive “today”. I want a specific time.

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