Swiss Post has developed a battery-operated optical identification (OID) device, the SmartButton, running on LoRaWAN, to offer consumers and businesses a means to order postal services with a simple button-press. It has worked with mobile operator Swisscom, which has deployed a LoRaWAN network for 97 percent of the population in Switzerland, and local tech design company Miromico, which has developed the device itself.
When pressed, the button device sends a signal to Swiss Post, the country’s national postal service, via Swisscom’s LoRaWAN network (branded as Low Power Network / LPN) to request a service or place an order. Users can request predefined products and services, such as mail collection or stamps, using the button with relevant order cards. The postal service is offering next-day doorstep collections with the service.