Arrive, an Indianapolis-based technology company, announced today that it has successfully integrated its smart mailboxes with Amazon Sidewalk, a secure community network designed to provide consistent connectivity for a wide array of devices. This integration is part of the company's plan to include the new technology in its devices, which are currently in mass production and expected to be distributed in the third quarter of 2023.
Amazon Sidewalk, accessible to over 90% of the U.S. population, supports devices like Amazon Echo, Ring security cameras, and various sensors, locks, and trackers. By utilizing low-bandwidth, low-power networks, Amazon Sidewalk ensures that connected devices continue to function even during power outages.
Arrive CEO Dan O'Toole praised the integration as "another step forward in the evolution of the Internet of Things." He emphasized that Arrive's smart mailboxes offer numerous benefits beyond traditional mailboxes and that adding Amazon Sidewalk's capabilities would enhance user experience and security.
According to O'Toole, Arrive's use of Amazon Sidewalk is intended to provide a broad spectrum of applications. Arrive's smart mailboxes are designed to be more than mere repositories for mail or packages. They are positioned as vital tools for ensuring package safety, providing emergency alerts, tracking pets and packages, and serving as hubs to connect various smart devices.
"As more consumers and businesses rely on smart devices, it will be increasingly important to have a reliable, uninterrupted signal to ensure the devices can communicate with each other and with their owners in cases where there are Internet service provider interruptions," O'Toole stated.
Arrive's Mailbox as a Service (MaaS) concept is presented as a multifaceted solution, offering a wide range of delivery options, security measures, and other innovative applications.
Founded by serial entrepreneur Dan O'Toole, Arrive, formerly known as Dronedek, focuses on revolutionizing last-mile delivery and pickup, catering to the evolving needs of autonomous drone and robotic delivery. The company's smart mailbox platform includes features like climate-assisted cargo space, smart alerts, and chain of custody.
Since its inception, Arrive has raised over $9 million from nearly 5,000 investors and has formed strategic partnerships with various industry leaders. The integration with Amazon Sidewalk is seen as a significant advancement in Arrive's ongoing efforts to expand its services and provide comprehensive solutions for its partners and customers.
While the integration promises to bring additional functionality and convenience, the practical implications and user adoption of these enhanced smart mailboxes will become clearly following their distribution later this year.