On 20 September, a new IPC Mail Registration Device (MRD) went live at London Heathrow airport. The Heathrow air hub sees some of the highest mail traffic, so the latest addition is a major milestone for the MRD network.
The addition of London follows on the installation of a new MRD at the Frankfurt air hub, another high-traffic hub. Meanwhile, MRDs devices have arrived at the Luxembourg and Sydney hubs, where they will go live in the near future.
Currently, there are close to 30 sites equipped with an MRD or who are sharing MRD-like data with IPC.
What is the MRD?
The IPC Mail Registration Device allows a quick and simple registration of mail deliveries handovers at postal facilities situated in airports. The device is installed by postal operators at the point where handlers from the airlines deliver postal containers to the postal staff and/or where postal staff hand over mail consignments to airlines, which usually takes place at the entrance of the air mail units at the airport.
The MRD consists of:
- a touchscreen terminal
- a batch scanner
- a label printer
- technical infrastructure (servers, communication, networks, etc.) to manage the data produced in operations
For more information on the MRD, click here.