It has be said that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) could be as the eyes, ears and sensor network for the smart city.
According to a panel at the Smart Cities Summit in Boston, the future of the USPS may revolve around big data, Internet of things and smart cities.
Here is the How:
- Trucks and assets drive through cities everyday.
- These assets could monitor conditions and the environment for things like potholes, potential for blight and infrastructure conditions.
- Data could be delivered back to cities to enhance services.
- This data enablement could be a new revenue stream assuming that the Postal Service would be allowed to expand into new services. Regulations prevent the Postal Service from entering non-postal businesses.
- Jessica Raines, public policy analyst at the USPS’ inspector general office, who recently published research on the partnering possibilities for the USPS and smart cities says “There is a lot of potential in smart cities for the USPS,” said Raines. “Think of how many assets, infrastructure and people we have.”