New IoT solution for Finnish postal service Posti

Posti needed a reliable and scalable IoT data transmission system for the growing number of self-service post lockers.
IoT customer case with postal service posti for self service post lockers

The growing number of parcels being sent by post has increased the need for Finnish postal service Posti Oy to grow the amount of self-service post lockers in Finland and abroad. To work, this kind of a wide automated system requires a light, reliable and easily scalable wireless IoT data transmission solution.

Challenge

Number of self service post locker is increasing fast

Self-service postal lockers bring things to everyone’s reach and have made delivering and sending parcels more easy and efficient. Self-service lockers can also increase recycling and sustainability, and in the future, the lockers can be used to recycle all kinds of goods, not just parcels.

The number of parcels traveling through Posti’s self-service lockers is growing constantly: just between January and September 2019, the amount increased up to 56 %. Posti has announced earlier that it means to grow the number of self-service post lockers around Finland to 4000 service points by 2022. Each service point has between 30-800 individual lockers. It is clear that this kind of extensive, automated system requires a reliable, light, secure, and scalable IoT system in order to work. Since such a system did not yet exist, Posti chose Haltian as their partner in creating a new IoT solution.

The requirements for the new solution were for Posti to get more control over the lockers remotely and the communication needed to two-sided, i.e. the data needed to travel not just from Posti’s system to the lockers, but from the lockers to Posti as well.

 

Secure and releable IoT data transmission solution for self service postal lockers
The new wireless IoT post solution is in wide use

Approach

Mesh network based IoT solution

From the beginning, it was clear that Haltian Thingsee IoT Solution Suite would be the best option for the solution since the Mesh network enables the service to scale up to thousands of devices, or in this case, lockers effortlessly.

The custom IoT development phase included new, wireless smart locks that communicate through Thingsee Gateway devices to Thingsee Operations Cloud and from there to Posti’s system.

Haltian was chosen as the IoT partner because of their years of experience with Mesh-based systems and their ready Thingsee solution, which fits our objectives and needs.

Jari Paasikivi, Head of Process Technology, Posti Oy

scalable and secure internet of things solutions for smart logistics
The new data transmission solution makes delivering parcels easier and more efficient

Results

More flexibility with wireless IoT solutions

With the new solution provided by Haltian, Posti will get reliable control over the lockers wirelessly. This means more real-time information about the status of the lockers, their use will be more efficient, and the security of the system will be improved. In the future, the wide self-service network will also enable recycling better than ever before.

Haltian’s Thingsee IoT platform takes care of the entire data transmission process from the smart locks to Posti’s system. In the new solution, the data-flow goes both ways, which enables efficient control of the lockers directly from Posti’s system. The two-way data-flow will also make customer service faster and more flexible. The lockers can also be filled a lot faster and more easily when the couriers can open the lockers faster and with better control.

The new self-service lockers are already in use in many places in Finland, and the same system is being used in Posti’s recently launched Box, a huge online store focused retail space in central Helsinki.

“We at Haltian are eager to be a part of developing the technologies of the future, which will enable the sustainability of online shopping. The co-operation with Posti has taken off very well and we are eager to see the solution in use globally.”

Pasi Leipälä, CEO & co-founder, Haltian

Haltian team designing

Read our press release about Posti and Haltian co-operation

The growing number of parcels being sent by post has also increased the need for Posti to grow the number of self-service post lockers in the coming years. To work properly, this kind of an extensive, automated system requires a light, reliable and easily scalable wireless data transmission solution.

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