SkyBitz to track ‘the People’s Tree’

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The American public will be able to track online the exact location of the 2008 Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way from Bitterroot National Forest in Hamilton, Mont., to Washington, D.C., thanks to SkyBitz – a remote asset management solution and services provider.

Since 1970, Congress has asked a different National Forest to provide “the People’s Tree” – complete with all the trimmings – as a gift to our nation each holiday season.

For the second time in three years, SkyBitz has installed a mobile tracking unit on the extendable flatbed trailer designed by Fontaine Trailer Company. As the 60-foot Capitol Christmas Tree is transported across the country by a team of drivers from National Van Lines, the SkyBitz GLS asset tracking services will report the location of the trailer, at 15-minute intervals, to Fontaine Trailer Company and National Van Lines. The tracking data, complete with a detailed street-level map of the most recent location, will also be accessible to the general public on the company’s Web site at beginning November 4.

The Capitol Christmas Tree is scheduled to leave Hamilton, Mont., on Nov. 4 and travel through Butte and Billings, Mont.; Fargo, N.D.; Branson, Mo.; St. Louis; Broadview, Ill.; and Wheeling, W.Va., before arriving at the U.S. Capitol Building on Nov. 23. The lighting ceremony will take place there on Tuesday, December 2.