“Smart Stamp” Technology Converges Internet and Mobile Phones with U.S. Postal Mail
New York City-based Intellareturn is a technology company focused exclusively on NFC (Near Field Communication) technology and RFID automation. The company has researched and developed technologically advanced postal envelope and Intelligent Mail applications with patented solutions combining Internet with mail applications across package delivery services, airline baggage and reverse logistics.
Intellareturn—innovator of the world’s leading microchip-based postal automation solution, Smart Stamp—introduced its Append Envelope Technology at the Envelope Manufacturers Association’s (EMA) spring meeting, held April 18 to 21 at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tuscon, Ariz.
The Append microchip-based “Smart Stamp” system links supplemental text, audio and video files to envelopes. Elliot Klein of Intellareturn Corp. declared this will one day “transform how we utilize envelopes and the postal mail.” The Smart Stamp service can be sold as a book of self-adhesive labels or pre-manufactured into envelopes, taking envelope manufacturers into the wireless ecosystem with new business models to store, control and deliver rich-media content.
Using NFC and printed conductive ink antennas combined with mobile phones and other wireless reader devices, Append services bring a new intelligent mail “Smart Stamp” service into the mailstream for adding supplemental text, pictures, audio and video to sent postal mail. Append represents the next evolution of postal services where the so-called ‘Internet of things’ can be embedded into everyday items with built-in Internet access technology to grow the value of envelopes and the United States Postal Service (USPS). The new service can also provide seamless verification that mail has been received, read and contractually acted upon by integrating with USPS Intelligent Mail printed codes and graphics linked to postal identifier solutions.
With e-mail and the Internet changing the perceived value of envelopes, the time to integrate new e-communications value into the envelope’s time-tested, personal method of delivering messages is now. The Append service, integrates NFC and related RFID technology applications to the mail, offering new privacy-protected communication options with the full legal protection and privacy privileges under the U.S. Privacy Act.