Inside Track: In brief

USPS to boost package info

The U.S. Postal Service is looking for track-and-trace scanner solutions for mail-processing, barcode-reading technology.

The postal service is adding en-route visibility to components of its distribution network. The track-and-trace scanner will be mounted to the small parcel bundle sorter, a legacy mail-processing sorting system. The scanner will read and report value-added service barcode scans from mail that the small parcel bundle sorter separates. Responses are due by March 31. Contact John Saldivar at

Joint Forces seek visibility

The Defense Information Systems Agency wants the industry's input on radio frequency identification, in-transit visibility support services.

Information obtained from RFID devices supports U.S. Joint Forces and coalition warfighters around the world with in-transit visibility data to trace cargo from its origin to destination, as well as its identity, condition and location.

Soldiers and logisticians must have real-time position reports for conveyances from military and commercial satellite tracking systems.

Data from these two devices are combined, processed and accessed via Web-based maps and reports on the Defense Department's classified and unclassified networks to provide global logistics support to Joint Forces warfighters. Responses are due by April 10. Contact John Kopp at

Navy wants ForceNet support

The Navy needs communications and networking technology for fixed shore facilities and highly mobile air, surface, land and below-surface platforms.

This technology will support the Navy's ForceNet system by enabling enhanced connectivity among widely dispersed naval, joint allied and coalition forces.

ForceNet is the operational construct and IT architectural framework for naval warfare that integrates soldiers, sensors, command and control, platforms and weapons into a networked, distributed combat force. It will provide the architecture to increase combat capabilities through aligned and integrated systems, functions and missions. Responses are due by April 14. Contact Santanu Das at

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