The Internet of Postal Things

August 19, 2015
Author: Judy Wolf

Imagine ordering groceries and having them delivered to a mailbox that signs for them, monitors and controls temperature to prevent spoilage, and alerts you that your food has been safely delivered. Meet the connected mailbox.

Sounds like something George Jetson and his family might have, doesn’t it? Actually, it could be something you have in the not-too-distant future, given the growing interest in the so-called “Internet of Things” – essentially interconnecting digital networks of physical objects embedded with sensors that do everything from collecting data to switching things on and off.

Think of existing systems that wire up your home so that you can remotely adjust lighting, temperature, even door locks and more via computer or mobile device, The Internet of Postal Things, the U.S. Postal Service has a vast and rich infrastructure that could be similarly wired to create what’s  called Internet of Postal Things (IoPT), which could benefit both the Postal Service and its customers  The whitepaper and a video were created based on findings by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General