A smart home delivery box developed by Norwegian startup of the same name, Homeboxx, could become a useful tool in the battle against Covid-19.Homeboxx employs a Nordic Semiconductor multi-mode NB-IoT/LTE-M nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP) to allow all successful deliveries to be confirmed via NB-IoT with both the delivery company and consumer. It also allows deliveries to be made without any need for contact between the consumer and delivery driver, and so also supports overnight deliveries at a time when the demand for on-line grocery shopping far outstrips supply in most countries due to the social distancing guidance to combat Covid-19.
“We’ve long recognized that the next evolutionary step in on-line shopping required a much smarter ‘last mile’ delivery solution than relying on consumers to be home to receive their goods or taking the risk of leaving items outside where they could be stolen and remain exposed to bad weather,” explained Karl-Einar Jensen, Founder & Board Director of Homeboxx.
“In fact this is hindering the growth of on-line shopping because it forces delivery companies to only deliver during the day at peak traffic periods. And for groceries in particular, if the consumer is not home can result in food being left on doorsteps where it can quickly spoil, especially in countries with extreme temperature climates such as Norway.”
Homeboxx claims to eliminate these problems by providing a thermally isolated (basic battery-powered model) or climatically controlled (advanced mains-powered model) environment to store deliveries that does not rely on consumers being home. This is said to dramatically increase delivery efficiencies so that on-line stores can ship to even more consumers during the day, and even more again overnight without having to disturb a sleeping household. In addition, because there is little or no traffic at night, Homeboxx says that deliveries can be made even more efficiently than during the day.
“We see the Homeboxx as the future of home shopping and shipping because it will not only support deliveries, but also allow consumers to make returns and even post and ship items – as box contents can just as easily be accessed for outgoing as incoming items,” adds Jensen.