USPS extends SteelCloud contract

The U.S. Postal Service has extended its agreement with SteelCloud Inc., a manufacturer of network and embedded computing solutions, which will provide specialized servers for the postal service's Flats Recognition Improvement program.

The postal service awarded SteelCloud a follow-on contract worth $8 million initially. USPS has an option to purchase additional servers, which would add up to $2 million to the total value. 'Flats' are first-class letters and other envelope-size mail.

Delivery of the servers begins this month and will continue up to the end of SteelCloud's fiscal year on Oct. 31.

USPS initially selected SteelCloud for the FRIP program in December 2006. According to the company, the re-compete contract was the result of a protest lodged by a losing bidder early this fiscal year.

'A key factor in our success has been our engineering innovation,' said Clifton Sink, president and chief executive officer of SteelCloud. 'We have designed a patent-pending chassis that protects each server from dust and vibration typical in mail-automation environments.'

David Hubler is an associate editor for Washington Technology, an 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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