In this quick video I demonstrate how we can use pressure data from the transportation monitoring example covered in my post "What Really Happens to Your Package During Transportation" to approximate the truck's location.
Going into the test I wasn't expecting to be particularly interested in either temperature or pressure; I was more focused on vibration. But when I had a look the pressure data I noticed something pretty interesting. It shows the elevation change and corresponding drop in pressure when the truck was driving through the middle of the country! From the UPS tracking information, the box traveled through Spokane on the way out to Seattle; and on the way back it went through Portland. This means that it likely traveled through the more northern portion of the Rocky Mountain range on the way out which is less in elevation as shown in Figure 1.
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If we calculate the elevation from the pressure data (see Mide's pressure-altitude calculator for more information - Note: enDAQ is a division of Mide), as shown in Figure 2, you can clearly see the much larger spike in elevation for the second half of the shipment. This matches up nicely with the topographical map of the US and assumed route, pretty cool!
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