Snaile Offers Notification When Mail is Present in Community Mailboxes

Snaile has announced the presale launch of their new Canadian mail notification technology.

Installed directly into an owner’s Canada Post community mailbox, the Huntsville startup’s service alerts users when mail is physically present.

Pronounced “Snailee,” Snaile will officially launch in January.

“We will provide our service to the majority of Canadians who do not have door-to-door delivery,” CEO Patrick Armstrong said. “We asked [Canadians] if they would be interested in a service like Snaile. 43% of respondents answered ‘Yes’ and 10% answered ‘Maybe,’ showing a very high level of positive interest in what we offer.”

The founding of the service was motivated by Canada Post’s announcement discontinuing door-to-door delivery of urban mail. By 2018, the change is expected to affect over five million residents. Accordingly, many Canadians have already become accustomed to the use of a CMB.

The technology behind Snaile is driven by several breakthroughs within infrared detection technology. The patent-pending system contains multiple infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that create a glow within the mailbox and above the Snaile tray. When physical mail is present in the box, the glow is reflected back into the tray. From there, users are sent a text message notification alerting them of the mail.