Lockheed Martin Provides USPS With New Delivery Confirmation System
OWEGO, NY, March 15th, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin Postal Systems has completed nationwide delivery of the Mobile Data Collection Device (MDCD) system that will allow the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to provide its customers with end-of-day delivery confirmation for Express Mail, Priority Mail, parcels and accountable mail, such as certified and registered mail. Under a $250 million contract, Lockheed Martin deployed 300,000 hand-held scanners and installed associated computer infrastructure systems in 36,000 USPS facilities across the nation. The MDCD scanners were deployed at a rate of approximately 8,000 units per week. "This is a significant achievement for us," said Dr. Michael B. Schoultz, president, Lockheed Martin Postal Systems. "Completion of the MDCD deployment further demonstrates our capability to manage large-scale systems integrationand deployment programs on schedule. In turn, the end-benefit is that delivery confirmation now allows all USPS customers to receive easy-to-access, timely information confirming the date and time of delivery of all accountablemail." In daily use since April 1998, Lockheed Martin's MDCD system has proven to be a sturdy, reliable, easy-to-use information technology solution for the USPS, meeting all performance specifications. Its deployment was completed in approximately ten months. The U.S. Postal Service, the most highly automated postal system in the world, has been able to use technical initiatives such as the MDCD system to constantly improve its competitive market service offerings while maintaining the lowest postage rates in the industrialized world. Lockheed Martin Postal Systems is a leader in the design, production andsystems integration of a broad product portfolio of recognition, sortation,material handling and information management systems equipment and technologyfor postal and commercial customers. It is part of the Lockheed MartinElectronics Platform Integration organization, which provides advanced-technology products, services and systems integration solutions. Theorganization is an operating unit of the Lockheed Martin Electronics Sector, aleader in the design, development and manufacture of electronics systems forthe global aerospace, defense and commercial marketplace.