Fairchild Imaging to provide CCDs for US Postal Service advanced camera system

JANUARY 23--Lockheed Martin Distribution Technologies (Owego, NY) has selected the Fairchild Imaging (Milpitas, CA; www.fairchildimaging.com) CAM 8525 as the core imaging module for its Wide Field of View (WFOV) camera system.

Jan 23rd, 2002

JANUARY 23--Lockheed Martin Distribution Technologies (Owego, NY) has selected the Fairchild Imaging (Milpitas, CA; www.fairchildimaging.com) CAM 8525 as the core imaging module for its Wide Field of View (WFOV) camera system. On Dec. 20, 2001, Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract by the US Postal Service (USPS) to provide the WFOV camera system to postal facilities throughout the United States.

The new program will replace the existing optical imaging cameras on the equipment used to sort mail. The WFOV camera system improves the read rate of the POSTNET barcodes so that fewer items are rejected, and more letters can be sorted automatically. In addition, the enhanced system reads two-dimensional information-based indicia, including electronic postage generated by Web-based or stand-alone computerized applications authorized by the USPS.

The Lockheed Martin WFOV system enhances letter processing by capturing an image of the entire envelope instead of just the bottom four inches, where the barcode on letter mail is typically located. The new system will be installed on delivery barcode sorters and carrier sequence barcode sorters--the backbone of postal delivery systems; nearly every piece of letter mail crosses one or both of these machines during a mail-processing cycle.

Beginning in the late summer of 2002, the systems will be installed at more than 1600 locations throughout the United States over a two-year period. Fairchild Imaging will begin deliveries of the CAM 8525, for installation in the WFOV, in late spring.

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