USPS Informed Visibility Continues to Move Forward

06/06/2016

The USPS continues to develop their Informed Visibility solution. Informed Visibility leverages data to provide business intelligence for USPS functional groups and the mailing industry, providing:

  • Mail Inventory Management of Mail and Packages
  • Predictive Workloads on Mail and Packages
  • End-to-End Tracking of Mail
  • Event-Driven Internal Measurement of all Mail
  • Real-Time Service Performance Diagnostics
  • Ease of Use

In a communication to MTAC User Group 4, they begin to solicit pilot participants.

“In July 2016, the Postal Service is migrating IMb Tracing and PostalOne! Container and Handling Unit mail tracking functionality to Informed Visibility™ (IV™). To prepare for the migration, we plan to pilot the IV application from June 13 through June 24. This pilot will allow a select group of current IMb Tracing and PostalOne! Container or Handling Unit Visibility customers to test the application.

At this time we are soliciting pilot participants who currently receive data via the following methods:

  • IMb Tracing Push subscriptions via FTP with compressed files
  • IMb Tracing Push subscriptions via FTP with non-compressed files
  • IMb Tracing Pull subscriptions via USPS FTP Out server with compressed files
  • IMb Tracing Pull subscriptions via USPS FTP Out server with non-compressed files
  • IMb Tracing Online Downloads from Mail Tracking and Reporting website

 

  1. Mail. XML ContainerVisibilityDelivery Push Messages for Containers
  2. Mail. XML ContainerVisibilityDelivery Push Messages for Handling Units
  3. Mail. XML ContainerVisibilityNotification Push Messages for Containers
  4. Mail. XML ContainerVisibilityNotification Push Messages for Handling Units
  5. Mail. XML ContainerVisibilityQueryRequest/Response Pull Messages for Containers
  6. Mail. XML ContainerVisibilityQueryRequest/Response Pull Messages for Handling Units
  7. PostalOne! Informed Visibility Online Report Download for Containers
  8. PostalOne! Informed Visibility Online Report Download for Handling Units 

Additionally, we ask pilot participants to test the following web features offered through IV, if possible:

  • New or modified subscription
  • New or modified FTP server in address book
  • New or modified Mail.XML web service destination in address book
  • New or modified data delegation

During this pilot, participants will be required to attend recurring review meetings to report issues and provide detailed, written feedback. Please note that the pilot application is in a development phase and as such functionality and user interface may change based on pilot feedback.

We are looking for a limited number of mailers to help test the application and migration. If you are interested in participating in the pilot, send an email to IVFeedback@usps.gov by June 8. Please include the following information when you respond:

  • Company name
  • Associated CRID(s) and/or MID(s)
  • Method that mail data is currently received and which of the above mentioned methods (1-13) are you willing to test during the pilot.

Once we have reviewed all interested applications, we will notify applicants if they have been accepted to participate in the pilot or not. Although many mailers may wish to participate in the pilot, we must limit the number of participants in order to manage feedback and meet critical project timelines. If you were not selected to participate at this time, there will be other opportunities to participate in pilots for subsequent releases.

Visit the IV RIBBS® webpage for more information on the migration to Informed Visibility. Please send questions to IVFeedback@usps.gov.”