USPS plans for the Internet of mailed things

USPS plans for the Internet of mailed things

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.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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