The US Postal Service's physical network of vehicles carriers, and mailboxes could be used to also collect data for smart city projects.
Zurich has the smartest buildings in the world, and Melbourne, Australia has the best 4G coverage. So where does the US rank in the index of smart cities?
With urbanization well above the global average, a young tech-savvy population and a raft of major infrastructure projects, the Gulf region is helping pioneer the smart city model.
Sensors distributed across the city will allow the collection of real-time data to improve services, says the council.
Greater Manchester is the latest city to put big data to good use, managing crowds in its transportation network.