You heard about V2V vehicle-to-vehicle communication…now there’s a connected Christmas tree that would be T2V2X communication….
Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today unveiled the website, www.capitoltreetracker.com, dedicated to providing real time tracking of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. Since 1970, the USDA Forest Service has provided a tree from one of our national forests to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season. This year’s tree hails from the Carson National Forest. In partnership with the nonprofit, Choose Outdoors, the tree can be tracked with Spireon’s FleetLocate trailer management solution.
Following the theme of “Delivering Enchantment,” the 60-foot Blue Spruce was cut on the Questa Ranger District on Nov. 6 and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition. The tree was then loaded onto a specialty trailer equipped with telematic devices from Spireon’s FleetLocate FL Flex, the centerpiece of Spireon’s Intelligent Trailer Management portfolio, so the public may follow its journey. The trek will include a series of community celebrations throughout New Mexico and across the U.S. before culminating with the official tree lighting on the West Lawn in early December.
“Spireon is delighted to support the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative, kicking off the holiday season with a beloved tradition,” said Roni Taylor, senior vice president strategy and business development at Spireon. “By live tracking the Christmas tree, we help tell the story of the tree’s journey and bring communities closer as the tree passes through each town on its way to our capitol.”
Spireon’s FL Flex telematics device was chosen because of its modular, versatile functionality and ability to support a wide range of assets. From dry vans and refrigerated trailers, to the specialty flatbed needed to ship such delicate, oversized cargo like the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, Spireon is able to effectively manage and track any type of trailer. GPS tracking of the tree benefits the public as it provides a means for local communities along the tree’s whistle stop route to line the streets and welcome the tree as it passes through.
“The annual journey is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout New Mexico and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, president of Choose Outdoors. “We’re grateful for the time and resources Spireon is providing to help make this the best year yet.”
This year’s sponsors include Kenworth Truck Company, Wilbanks Trucking Services, LLC, Spireon, Inc., Elvis Duran & Alex Carr, Hale Trailer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Great West Casualty Company, Meritor, Public Service Company of New Mexico, TravelCenters of America, Truckload Carriers Association, Husqvarna, Town of Red River, The Joy Trip Project, Alaska Airlines, Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Taos County, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, National Forest Foundation, Red River Brewing Company, Christmas Tree Promotion Board, National Press Club, LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc., Bass Pro Shops, Red River Ski & Summer Area, Lifts West and MTC, Inc.