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Beyond Flattening the Curve

Since the pandemic first shook the global stage there has been a lot of attention on the need to keep frontline workers out of harm’s way. For many, this meant taking efforts to flatten the curve through self quarantine. While these efforts played a meaningful and documentable role in flattening the curve, various pieces of technology took on significant roles as well.

The Cheetah Mobile AI-enabled service robot is a prime example. With over 10000 robots in the field, Cheetah Mobile’s robots have served more than 200 million people and completed more than 5 million voice interactions daily. Its robots have been adopted by more than 1,600 organizations and used in more than 20 scenarios.

Most prominently, its smart epidemic prevention and control robots continue to contribute in meaningful ways as medical professionals focus on combating COVID-19 in China. The goal is to greatly reduce medical workers’ workload and risk of cross-infection by guiding the way for patients, doing remote ward rounds and fever pre-diagnosis, transporting medication, test reports and medical waste as well as conducting no-contact temperature measurement, mask detection and alert system, as well as offering telepresence for safe communication.Vincent Li Cheetah MobileCheetah Mobile's Vincent Li

Road ahead

Although the smart epidemic prevention and control robots are not currently utilized  in manufacturing environments, Cheetah Mobile’s Vincent Li tells IndustryWeek they could play a significant role in “health and safety in industrial environments, including contactless temperature measurement and mask detection, sounding an alert if issues are detected,” he says. “Another area they could be utilized is with delivering hazardous samples from point A to point B without the need for a human courier.” 

According to Li, the biggest challenge in integrating Cheetah robots into more industrial settings would be programming the robots to co-exist and collaborate with humans. “When this occurs, humans wouldn’t only be sharing the same workspace with robots, but also using them as useful assistants,” he says.

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Time for Tracking to Improve?

Whenever a vaccine is ready for distribution to the global population, its distribution is sure to create an entirely new batch of challenges. Accurate tracking that goes beyond the traditional scanning that many logistics providers leverage will prove instrumental, especially as security concerns surface. 

To combat these challenges FedEx recently announced the launch of SenseAware ID, a lightweight sensor-based logistics device that delivers a new level of precision tracking. The enhanced location visibility provided by this technology will create opportunities for FedEx customers to reimagine their supply chain through real-time updates on a package’s location within the FedEx Express network. SenseAware ID will improve the safety, security and timeliness of deliveries – key attributes for packages that contain critical contents such as life-saving pharmaceuticals and emergency medical supplies.

The detailed location data provided by SenseAware ID is a critical differentiator for healthcare industry customers, and FedEx expects to use this new technology with anticipated COVID-19 vaccine shipments. The rollout of SenseAware ID is well-timed as FedEx continues to move life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for healthcare customers throughout the U.S.

“Package tracking and visibility are more important now than ever, as businesses have become increasingly reliant on timely deliveries,” said Robert B. Carter, executive vice president and chief information officer, FedEx Corporation. “Created by our innovation teams at FedEx, SenseAware ID was designed to give our customers the precise level of tracking they’ve been looking for, enabling them to optimize their supply chains and make any necessary adjustments during the journey of their shipments.”

Sense AwareFedEx SenseAwareFedEx has long been a pioneer in sensor-based logistics, providing advanced tracking of urgent and high value shipments for over a decade through its proprietary SenseAware portfolio. SenseAware ID is the latest innovation in FedEx sensor technology, designed to make sensor-based logistics more accessible to FedEx customers.

SenseAware ID uses a lightweight, compact sensor that transmits precise package location data every two seconds via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to WiFi access points or established gateway devices throughout the FedEx Express network. Packages equipped with the SenseAware ID sensor are tracked hundreds of times versus dozens of times with traditional package scanning protocols, which provides an unprecedented amount of real-time data about the location of the shipment.

As part of the initial roll-out, SenseAware ID sensors are being applied to First Overnight shipments within the U.S. domestic FedEx Express network. An initial round of customers in the healthcare, aerospace and retail industries will receive access to the enhanced data in November 2020. FedEx expects to expand access to this precision location data to additional customers throughout the first half of 2021. SenseAware ID will eventually be made available for a broad range of premium FedEx Express services.

The enhanced package visibility data provided by SenseAware ID will give FedEx healthcare customers the opportunity to closely monitor and proactively protect shipments using additional FedEx healthcare services, including cold-chain storage, thermal blankets and temperature controlled containers. SenseAware ID is expected to play a critical role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines using the FedEx First Overnight service, helping ensure these sensitive shipments are delivered quickly and safely.