Swiss Post Human-IST…

The University of Fribourg and Swiss Post are working together to develop “cutting-edge, interactive technologies” that “take account of human values and fostering wellbeing in the city and urban mobility”.

Swiss Post released a statement today saying that Fribourg University’s Human-Centred Interaction Science and Technology (Human-IST) Research Centre has been looking at the relationship between humans and machines since 2015. This new partnership with the postal operator will extend its activities into “soft and cognitive computing, smart homes and smart cities”.

Swiss Post will be supporting the development of the Human-IST Research Center for an initial four-year period.

Commenting on what it hopes to achieve from the partnership, Swiss Post said: “New digital trends impacting on interactive technologies – such as the Internet of things – will permanently change Swiss Post’s core business.

“It therefore has a strong interest in the center’s network and expertise in the design and evaluation of cognitive systems in this highly promising field with a view to increasing its current range of services with new business models.

“Swiss Post expects this partnership to allow it to obtain in-depth knowledge of this field, enabling it to gear itself up for the future.”

In other Swiss Post news, the postal operator is to give each household two, CHF1 stamps in the coming year as part of a deal with its regulator. Where other postal services have repeatedly raised the cost of postage, Swiss Post has not raised the cost of its domestic mail services since 2014.  
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