USPS to See Real Time Tracking in All Locations by Years End

Jul 01, 2013 1:43 PM  By

usps-delivery-truck-300The United States Postal Service expects to see real time tracking in all 67 of its districts by the end of 2013.

The USPS introduced the intelligent mail device, also known as IMD Wireless, in January 2013, and is currently being used in 55,000 post offices nationwide. The IMD’s work as a “companion device” to the USPS’s current intelligent mail data acquisition system scanner, which provides wireless transmission of data, according to a USPS press release.

According to the release, “the IMD wireless solution will enable the IMDAS device to transmit product service information, as well as operational data for current programs like managed service points (MSP), collection point management system (CPMS), and global positioning system (GPS) data every 15 minutes.”

The new shipping solution, according to the release, also provides for a migration from the current local intelligent mail server (LIMS) to a web based regional intelligent mail server (RIMS) that will enhance future capability while retaining all of the current LIMS functionality.

The move, which was discussed during a recent Stamps.com webinar, was generated by the USPS to give “piece of mind” to both the customer and the shipper, according to Dennis Nicoski, manager, strategy and contacts, with USPS.

Nicoski said in the webinar that each package being shipped by the USPS goes through about 12 different scans on average currently. Now with the IMD Wireless device customers will be able to see real time tracking of their packages every 15-minutes.

Real-time tracking, according to a press release issued by USPS, “is quickly becoming the industry standard” and one that the USPS must provide order to stand up to its competition.

Harry Whitehouse, chief technology officer and co-CEO of Endicia, said in a recent phone interview, “I am very comfortable saying to any customer of ours that the USPS is now offering world-class tracking comparable to UPS and FedEx.”

For shippers, Nicoski said, the real-time tracking will allow oversight on cost, postal rates and shipping data.

Whitehouse said that this now gives retailers an even bigger boost in customer service. Due to the faster tracking capabilities, Whitehouse said, retailers can soon start notifying customers of delivery times within the hour.

“That’s big,” Whitehouse said.

By the fourth quarter, Nicoski said, the USPS expects to see 75,000 offices equip using 155,000 scanners on the street. By years end, Nicoski said, all 67 USPS districts will be using 216,000 scanners across the United States.

 

 

  • IIlIIl111

    Real Time Tracking isn’t every 15 minutes……its “Real Time”, like, all day, every second. And it not only tracks packages, it tracks employees as well…………………

    • zippy the wonder carrier

      We had the new cell phones for 4 days. They never paired with the scanner and we have no AT&T service in our area. On the 5th day management took them up and sent them back. Now we have just the old cross-eyed scanners.

  • Wolfie52

    Well. if it worked it might be an improvement. Having these devices now for about 3 months most carriers find the battery does not last the day. Mine stopped transmitting data a week ago, and it sometimes interferes with your street duties. Other than that, if the USPS was serious about being competitive we would have ONE UNIT, which would ELIMINATE paper based signatures and would be more street and user friendly.

  • TeflonPalin

    “The move, which was discussed during a recent Stamps.com webinar, was generated by the USPS to give “piece of mind” to both the customer and the shipper, according to Dennis Nicoski, manager, strategy and contacts, with USPS.”

    Riiiight. And MSP’s were put in place to ensure mail was delivered at the same time every day. But funny how quickly the USPS started disciplining carriers with MSP data. They had to be smacked down through the grievance process. Now we can look forward to a protracted fight as the USPS again tries to come down on carriers with GPS data.

  • Sophia Walks

    USA is so much advanced that the deployment of time tracking tools would have come up there at the first instance I guess. I really doubt that how come the real time tracking in USA is prevailing up at the end of 2013, its been very late I think so.

    In all possible approach and ways the USA stands ahead to compete with the whole world may be it is web world, or any other technical stuffs but the deployment of tools really that makes a significant sense to keep track of time and manage it should have been there from very earlier stage. But keeping every other stuffs apart, its been a good approach I think so that the organized approach to come up with the usage of online time tracking software does make a better sense to have the people organized and streamlined.

  • braden

    I would definitely that time tracking is quite important and the most important aspect is that it helps all kinds of industry verticals. We had been using Replicon’s hassle free cloud based time and attendance software – http://www.replicon.com/time-attendance