How is Postal Notice different then Informed Visibility? Currently Informed Visibility will never be live, at the moment, because letter carriers are required to physically hand scan surprise letters at intermediate addresses every 10-25% of their route. At this everyday labor rate all 156 million mailboxes will have to be scanned.
Is it expensive? No. The service does not require any additional labor hours on the postal carriers and therefore should cost a minimal monthly rate.
On what devices can I receive the notification ? Cellular text, internet email, or traditional landline
What technology and features does it use? Internet of Things (iot), GeoFence, and Mobile Data Devices.
Do I have to be at home to receive the notification? No. The alert will be sent via text, email, or pre-recorded call.
When will the service be available to domestic population? An agreement needs to be in place with the Postal Service before it starts. Please contact your Congressman or Congresswoman.
Are there any competing technologies? Yes. Mailbox reminder alert sensors which require hardware, batteries, and sometimes limited range from the blackbox inside the receptacle.
Does it require a tracking number or barcode? No. That is the coolest part about it.
Will there be false positives if no incoming mail? No. The service will double check Delivery Point Sequence & Informed Delivery before a notification alert is sent out for today’s mail.
Would it be easy to implement the service? Yes. The postal carriers already carry GPS devices contacted to cellular networks that utilize the GeoFence feature for their own internal map routing.
How does the service benefit the elderly, disabled, or those with mobility issues? The service takes the stress and discomfort away because there will be no wasted to trips.
Does the service require any additional hardware, sensors or batteries placed in the mailbox? No. Your Local Postal carrier carries a handheld GPS device and the customer needs no hardware