Mobile Delivery Devices (MDDs) can scan packages and other mail. Did you also know the devices can perform several other safety-related tasks?
The latest MDD models can:
- Accept text messages. Supervisors use this feature regularly. Notably, it was used to warn letter carriers of civil unrest in Baltimore last year.
- Send “pre-populated” text messages. Employees can report accidents, vehicle damage and police and fire emergencies to their local office.
- Receive corporate communications. This feature is used to send weekly safety messages to all letter carriers.
- Generate GPS tracking. This feature allows carriers to view their routes and receive alerts for hazardous conditions.
- Offer directions. USPS can use MDDs to provide turn-by-turn directions for dynamic routes, eliminating the need for hardcopy directions. This feature is in the process of being rolled out to Sunday delivery hubs.
- Get hazard alerts. These alerts include potentially dangerous animals, hazardous road conditions, and other trip hazards.
- Receive Amber alerts. This feature is used to display and report sightings of missing children.