Lockheed Martin was awarded a $17.4 million contract from the U.S. Postal Service for optical character recognition technology designed to improve automated parcel sorting systems at USPS bulk mail centers, the company said July 27.
Lockheed Martin Distribution technologies, Oswego, NY, will install 38 optical character recognition systems on secondary parcel sorting systems, known as Singulation Scan Induction Units at 19 bulk mail centers.
OCR will offer an alternative method to sorting packages by reading the addresses on parcels instead of only analyzing bar codes. Currently, a significant percentage of parcels that enter a bulk mail center do not have bar codes and require manual processing. With OCR, the majority of parcels can be directly processed by SSIU, reducing the need for multiprocessing operations and manual handling.