December 27, 2021
DRONEDEK, which has patented a smart mailbox designed for secure drone delivery, has announced it will demonstrate its device at next week’s CES 2022 event in Las Vegas. The mailbox helps complete the “last inch” of a last-mile package delivery process with smart, secured receptacle technology.
“We’re gearing up for what we think will be exceptional opportunities to showcase our patented device to some of the most important organizations in the world,” said Dan O’Toole, CEO and founder of DRONEDEK. “Our technology is ahead of the market right now, but we’re going to see huge movement in the U.S. delivery-by-drone market next year. We’re ready for it, and we want to demonstrate just how ahead of the pack we are. There’s no better audience for that than CES.”
The company said it holds a first-position patent portfolio for its smart mailbox for drone package receiving, sending, and storage. The secure mailbox accepts delivery via robotic, unmanned driverless, aerial drone or conventional means, and will also enable users to send out packages. The company said the technology is set to disrupt all shipping verticals to include receiving or sending food, medicine, groceries and other parcels.
In addition, DRONEDEK said the mailbox also accepts traditional mail delivery, which will make it become an everyday utility service, such as power or water. The device can also keep packages hot or cold; it can alert users to package arrival; recharge drones; and even serve as an emergency alert if needed. An app controls when the device is opened for delivery or retrieval, and can also control its emergency alarm features.
The company said the technology can solve three of the most critical challenges for last-mile delivery by:
- Reducing expense – the average cost of drone delivery for the last mile is $1 compared to $2 by truck;
- Increasing efficiency – drone delivery eliminates the need for trucks to drive repeatedly through neighborhoods;
- Providing absolute package security – packages are locked in the mailbox and opened only via the owners’ app.
“We’re thrilled to have DRONEDEK as one of our featured solution providers in our booth at CES this year,” said T.J. Rancour, president and co-founder of CalChip Connect. “Decentralized wireless will empower IoT developers to solve hard problems with creative solutions, like DRONEDEK is doing for secure mail delivery.”
For more details on the DRONEDEK technology, visit its website here.