U.S. Postal Service Extends Wireless Vehicle Management Contract

HACKENSACK, N.J.—I.D. Systems Inc. announced that the U.S. Postal Service has signed a contract extension to continue using its Wireless Asset Net industrial vehicle management system in postal distribution facilities nationwide.

During the initial three-year contract period, the system was installed in 80 facilities. The contract is set to expire at the end of the first quarter of 2008. The extension covers the period through Dec. 31, 2010.

The Wireless Asset Net consists of “intelligent” wireless devices (vehicle asset communicators) installed on powered industrial vehicles, such as lift trucks and pallet movers; a wireless communication architecture; and client-server software for access control, utilization analysis, real-time location tracking and other functions.

According to I.D. Systems, the system restricts vehicle access to trained, authorized operators and provides electronic safety inspection checklists. It also automatically uploads vehicle data, provides reports on vehicle utilization and alerts managers to vehicle problems in real time. This allows managers to schedule maintenance according to vehicle usage rather than on a calendar basis and determine the optimal time to replace equipment, said the company. The system also ensures equipment is in the right place at the right time.

"This contract extension reflects the significant economic benefits our wireless technology has generated—and continues to generate—for the U.S. Postal Service," said Jeffrey Jagid, I.D. Systems' chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to helping the Postal Service further achieve greater efficiencies, lower costs and a safer work environment as it continues to roll out our technology throughout its U.S. distribution operations."

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