USPS plans for the Internet of mailed things
- By Derek Major
- Jun 15, 2015
The U.S. Postal Service is looking for a way to attach sensors to mail so customers can track their packages in near real time.
In a recent request for information, USPS described a system in which a sensor can be placed on or within a mailed item to provide location tracking via Bluetooth, radio-frequency ID, near field communication, cellular or Wi-Fi protocols. The system would also feature an interface for displaying collected data.
Technical requirements for the devices include:
- Detectable within 400 feet.
- Ability to function in a mail processing environment with a noise rage of 85 decibels or lower, temperature fluctuations and moisture.
- Ability to withstand manual and automated handling of mail without interfering with other automation ID equipment.
- Ability to support Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices.
Responses are due by July 3, 2015.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.