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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has awarded Siemens a $45.3 million development contract to update its existing video processing system for letter mail. The contract will culminate in field trials of the system and runs through October 2008.
The new Remote Encoding System (RES) will integrate the video and image processing of different USPS systems that support the automatic interpretation of the addresses on letters. RES will be able to process nearly eight billion images annually. Siemens also developed the USPS legacy Image Processing Sub-System (IPSS). Deployed in the early 1990’s, the original system reached its end of life and will need to be replaced, according to a USPS evaluation.
RES will establish the infrastructure for the future integration of letters, flats and package image processing. With the most advanced coding technology in the industry, RES will enhance and simplify the management and processing of mail images. The system will increase operational availability and efficiency for the USPS and its open architecture will allow for future extensions. A major benefit of RES for the USPS is the combination of its letter coding technology with the Siemens Postal Address Redirection System (PARS), which the USPS is currently deploying throughout its network. This will enable the USPS to manage and maintain a single system for all letter image processing tasks.
“After the great success story of the IPSS predecessor system, the RES award showcases our commitment to technology innovation and program life-cycle support,” said Lukas Loeffler, Vice President, Postal Automation Division of Siemens in the U.S. “We are pleased to continue a strong partnership with the USPS by developing the most sophisticated image management and control solution in the industry.”