The 2022 ‘People’s Tree’ will travel from the National Forests in North Carolina to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., November 5-18
WESTLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spireon, a Solera company, in partnership with the nonprofit Choose Outdoors, is launching its annual real-time tracking of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree as it travels this holiday season. The tree will be harvested from the National Forests in North Carolina and end its journey on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Spireon’s FleetLocate® trailer management solution will track the tree’s GPS location and you can follow it at www.capitoltreetracker.com.
“Being part of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree’s journey is always a highlight of the year for us,” said Roni Taylor, SVP of Strategy and Business Development for Spireon. “We’re thrilled to support this unique tradition that celebrates both the season and our nation’s forests. The joy this event spreads throughout communities is always inspiring, and we are so proud our products get to be a part of it.”
Every year since 1970, the USDA Forest Service has provided a tree from one of the national forests to be placed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol building. This year, a 78-foot tall Red Spruce will be sourced from the forested slopes of Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.
The official send-off will take place at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, North Carolina on November 5. A series of community celebrations will be held as the tree makes its way through the region, making stops in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. Well-wishers will have a chance to sign banners on the truck’s sides, learn more about national forests, and shop for U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree merchandise. The tour will culminate with the official tree lighting on the Capitol’s West Lawn on November 18.
Spireon’s FL Flex 2 telematics device was chosen because of its versatile functionality and ability to support a wide range of assets. Spireon is uniquely able to track any type of trailer from dry vans and refrigerated trailers to the specialty flatbed needed to ship oversized cargo like the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. By live tracking the tree’s journey with GPS, Spireon 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.
Vehicle Intelligence provider, Spireon, a Solera company, is a leading provider of aftermarket telematics solutions in North America. By equipping cars, trucks, trailers and other mobile assets with GPS devices and sensors, Spireon turns any vehicle into a connected vehicle. Award-winning products Goldstar, LoJack and FleetLocate deliver 24×7 asset visibility and actionable insights to auto dealers, lenders, transportation companies, service fleet managers, rental car companies and consumers to increase safety and productivity, boost profits and protect assets. Spireon’s state-of-the-art IoT platform, NSpire, powers both the company’s expansive suite of connected vehicle solutions and the advanced telematics of some of the world’s largest automotive OEMs, supporting nearly 4 million active subscribers and processing billions of data events each month. With its open architecture and platform-as-a-service approach, NSpire’s superior data warehousing, analytics and insights capabilities are fully scalable and ideally suited for an array of mission-critical applications across industries. Learn more at www.spireon.com.
Solera is the global leader in vehicle lifecycle management software-as-a-service, data, and services. Through four lines of business – vehicle claims, vehicle repairs, vehicle solutions, and fleet solutions – Solera is home to many leading brands in the vehicle lifecycle ecosystem, including Identifix, Audatex, DealerSocket, Omnitracs, LoJack, Spireon, eDriving/Mentor, Explore, cap hpi, Autodata, and others. Solera empowers its customers to succeed in the digital age by providing them with a “one-stop shop” solution that streamlines operations, offers data-driven analytics, and enhances customer engagement, which Solera believes helps customers drive sales, promote customer retention, and improve profit margins. Solera serves over 300,000 global customers and partners in 100+ countries. For more information, visit www.solera.com.
About the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative is a 50-year tradition in which one of our 154 national forests provides a tree for the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The project is made possible with support from partners, including non-profit Choose Outdoors, cash and in-kind contributions from large and small companies, and volunteers locally and across America. For a list of 2022 sponsors and to join in the Christmas spirit, please visit www.uscapitolchristmastree.com and @uscapitolchristmastree on Facebook and Instagram.