GPS Package Tracking

GPS Package Tracking

The search for stolen property has come a long way since the days of when hope was the only personal tool available for item recovery. With many forms of GPS technology making their way to an ever increasing number of vehicles and equipment each year, finding out where an item is located is as easy as picking up a phone or accessing a website.

As GPS technology has continued to advance in capability, its price and relative size have gradually decreased. Tracking devices are now affordably available for backpacks, key rings, laptops, and more. With their low cost and small size, such devices are now being placed inside packages for the ultimate in tracking visibility.

GPS technology is already in use by FedEx to track package shipments. A SenseAware sensor can be placed in a package to track its current location and verify temperature, relative humidity, and barometric pressure of the contents. It can also detect light when the package is opened. Battery life of the sensors can vary depending on how often automatic alerts are transmitted from the device, and the frequency of transmission is customizable depending on the needs of the user.

Designed to monitor sensitive or valuable items that would benefit from an increased level of tracking capabilities, the devices are currently available in 20 countries including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Do you think similar tracking devices could one day find their way into USPS packages?



  1. Anonymous

     /  October 18, 2013

    I hope so. We have too many frivious claims when we know a package was delivered.

  2. Andrew

     /  October 19, 2013

    Yes. And if we (the USPS) hope to compete in this ‘game,’ it’s something we’d better learn to embrace – and soon!

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