Crawford Technologies Inc. Launches Enterprise IMB™ Unique ID Generator

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Unique ID Generator enables system-wide implementation of unique Intelligent Mail barcode IDs across multiple applications and allows organizations to take advantage of IMB Full service.

Crawford Technologies Inc., the award-winning provider of TransPromo and transactional document and mailing solutions, today announced the launch of Enterprise IMB™ Unique ID Generator, a software product designed to enable system-wide implementation of unique mail piece identifiers for the new USPS Intelligent Mail® Barcode (IMB). Using the Unique ID Generator companies can more easily generate and administer unique mail piece identifiers and expand the benefits of their migration to IMB Full Service options.

Enterprise IMB™ Unique ID Generator is a server-based solution that provides an API that allows document composition systems, postal pre-sort software, and all other applications which need to generate IMBs, to interface directly and receive IMB unique identifier data. The solution is engineered to service multiple enterprise applications and systems simultaneously with extremely high processing speeds. A batch utility provides the ability to automate legacy applications while a GUI interface allows users to obtain IDs and ranges directly from the system.

The new IMB will soon be required for companies looking to earn the maximum USPS postal discounts. Organizations find that they can benefit even further, however, with the ability to track their correspondence through the postal delivery system with the USPS IMB Full Service plan using identifiers created and administered via Enterprise™ IMB Unique ID Generator.

"Unique identifiers are a key enabler of a number of important process improvements," says Ernie Crawford, President of CrawfordTech. "The ability to know where a certain mail piece is in the system at any given time brings a wealth of enterprise advantages beyond simply maintaining postal automation discounts."

For organizations with multiple mailer IDs and multiple lines of business producing millions of documents each month, the generation of unique identifiers - and maintaining the uniqueness of each over time - soon becomes overwhelmingly complex. Mailers are required to ensure that each ID number remains unique and un-duplicated for at least a 45 day period, and in some cases longer. Enterprise IMB™ Unique ID Generator keeps these unique identifiers straight by providing a centralized server to administer and simplify the process.

"Creating and tracking unique IDs can pose significant challenges for organizations and is one of the major hurdles to IMB Full Service implementation. Our broad technology base allowed us to design an enterprise-level solution that removes those barriers," says Stephen D. Poe, VP of Product Management for CrawfordTech. "This product is an integral part of our Enterprise IMB™ product family and a vital component of a clear migration path for organizations wanting to take full advantage of the move to IMB."

Other benefits of Enterprise IMB™ Unique ID Generator include the ability to assign unique ID ranges based on specific locations or other criteria, as well as the ability to assign identifiers to trays, containers, special mailings and shipments. This enables the tracking of activities and products throughout internal Automatic Document Factory (ADF) operations. Enterprise IMB™ Unique ID Generator functions as a valuable link in the processing chain to ease the optimization and reengineering of documents for a variety of benefits.

About Crawford Technologies Inc.
Founded in 1995, Crawford Technologies, Inc. (CrawfordTech) is a leader in document manipulation and re-engineering solutions, including data mining of print streams, archiving and retrieval, print stream conversion, and workflow processing. The wide range of robust and flexible CrawfordTech products allows companies to boost revenue, build efficiencies and bolster customer service. Their committed and knowledgeable technical teams provide unparalleled development, design and support, and their flexible transform technology is recognized as the fastest, most flexible and most accurate available.

Customers around the globe rely on CrawfordTech to enable mission-critical document strategies that result in tactical savings and efficiencies as well as strategic improvements in revenue generation and customer service. Their native format archive systems and transform tools work with all print stream formats and make CrawfordTech a highly sought after partner in both the OEM and user communities.

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