As e-commerce becomes interestingly popular among the younger population, receiving packages in an easier and safer way also becomes a concern. The traditional delivery method of leaving packages on doorsteps for single-family homes or handing them to the doorman at apartment buildings are not only vulnerable to theft but also time-consuming to process – an unreliable delivery method during predominate e-commerce era when a household receives multiple packages a day. A smart package locker system that could be configured to adapt the setting of residential/ commercial areas is expected to significantly improve package- receiving experiences. This technology has been implemented by Amazon in some neighborhoods and areas (Amazon Locker) but could be expanded to more residential/ commercial buildings potentially.
Technology: Smart Locker System
Install smart locker system in apartment/commercial buildings, residential areas based on estimated service population size and grant delivery carriers (UPS, USPS, FedEx, HDL) access to the locker.
Instead of going door-by-door to leave packages on the doorsteps or handing them to the doorman, delivery staff place packages inside the smart locker and input the recipient’s information in the locker by scanning the shipping label.
Once a package has been placed in a locker, an automated text message will be sent by the locker system to the package’s intended recipient with a barcode or PIN number.
To retrieve the package, the recipient simply scan the barcode he or she received earlier or input the PIN number at the smart locker
The smart locker system could also be utilized to drop-off out-going packages.
Postal carriers (UPS, USPS, FedEx, HDL, etc.)
Property owners of residential/commercial buildings
Smart locker system provider
Property owners/managers conduct a survey of building users and residents to estimate to estimate size of locker needed
Contact locker provider to configure and install smart locker system in the building
Grant delivery carriers access to the smart locker and provide them with proper training
Every day we inhale particulate matter which swirl around the our homes and offcies. Just because these fine particles are invisible to the naked eye doesn’t make them any less dangerous. According to research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) high concentrations of fine particles increase the risk of asthma and allergic reactions. Furthermore, they are an important cause of respiratory problems in young children.
Technology: DESSO AirMaster Carpet
DESSO AirMaster is a flooring concept that traps and contains dust particles until it is time to vacuum clean again, which resulted in fewer dust particles being breathed in and a healthier indoor climate.
Very fine particles are absorbed by the thin yarns of the DESSO Air-filters
The unique structure of DESSO AirMaster prevents dust getting back into the air.
Regularly vacuum cleaning DESSO AirMaster ensures that dust particles are removed more simply and easily than from other carpets
Households in area with poor air-quaility
Office buildings and public buildings
Commercial space like restaurants and retail stores
Forming a partnership between DESSO and municipal governments (with poor air-quality) for a subsidy program
Access air-quaility of in-door space with particular attention to particulate matter
Install subsided DESSO AirMaster in qualified homes, office buildings and other public space
Due to the huge use of paper sheets in offices, these account for a high proportion of their solid waste and contribute to deforestation. Although recycling bins are common, it is sometimes hard to find out where all that trash ends up and if it is even recycled.
To solve that problem, in Japan they have invented the White Goat, an on-site machine that turns office paper into fresh toilet paper. All you need to do is put in 40 A4 sheets to produce one roll of toilet paper. The machine has a shredder that tears the paper into little pieces, which are then dissolved in water in a pulper. After that, the pulp is thinned out, dried and rolled up to produce the toilet paper roll. It takes just 30 minutes and its operating costs are calculated at 11 cents (US$) per roll. The use of this recycling machine can save an average of 60 trees per year.
All organizations that have offices
Oriental is the company that designed and manufactures the White Goat. They presented it in EcoProducts 2009.