Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR)

Informed Visibility Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV-MTR) is a near real-time, single source for all mail and mail aggregate tracking information.

Who is IV-MTR for?

Commercial mailers who are tracking barcoded letters, flats, bundles, handling units (trays, tubs, and sacks), and containers

First Class Mail

First Class Mail

Periodicals

Periodicals

Standard Mail

Standard Mail

Description

IV-MTR provides the mailing industry with powerful insight into the Postal mailstream. The application:

  • Provides near real-time mail tracking data for letters and flats
  • Leverages the intelligence of Full-Service Intelligent Mail® and nesting associations to create assumed handling events
  • Offers logical handling events, such as logical delivery events, based on business rules
  • Provides multiple data file formats and delivery methods
  • Enables roles and permissions management to determine a user's application functionality and data visibility
  • Offers flexible data delegation to receive and provide data visibility

With IV-MTR, the mailing industry can leverage key information about their mailings to manage operations, refine processes, and adjust marketing campaigns as needed.

To see the complete list of IV-MTR resource documents, click here.

 

Release Schedule

Release

Scope

February 19, 2019
  • Ability to request a piece-level one-time query when an existing piece-level query is running
March 31, 2019
  • Start-the-Clock Mail.XML push and pull messages
  • Data delegation to provide/receive visibility of Mail Quality Data
  • Allow Reply Mail STIDs 777, 778, and 779 for MID-based data feeds (in addition to routing code-based feeds)
April 26, 2019

The following enhancements are planned for the IV-MTR Application Programming Interface (API):

  • API providing aggregated Pieces Delivered counts by delivery state, ZIP3, and ZIP5
  • Visual map for Pieces Delivered
  • API providing aggregated Expected, Accepted, In Processing/Processed, and Delivered counts for containers, trays, and pieces
May 11, 2019
  • Ability to create a single Mail Quality Data feed for multiple CRIDS
  • Suppress Operation Code 873 (Appointment Arrival) provisioning of container assumed events for Mail.XML
  • Mail Object Navigator fix to display all entries when drilling to the Handling Unit Detail screen
  • Vote-by-Mail (formerly Ballot Tracking) specifications for key code generation restricting certain characters easily confused
  • Enhancements to ensure smooth data transmission through USPS network; Data Transfer Service operations will contact IV-MTR Business Service Administrator for any file transmission failures if associated address book contact(s) cannot be reached.
June 29, 2019
  • Additional fields for data feed providing Enterprise Payment System (EPS) Transactions data through IV-MTR (for details, see EPS Data Elements)
  • New data feed providing EPS Deferred Payment Invoices data through IV-MTR (for details, see EPS Data Elements)
Future Enhancements
  • Operational Status indicator for pieces to show impacts due to operational events, weather, holds, and redirects
  • Ability to receive Informed Delivery campaign reports
  • Enhanced tracking for certified and Special Services IMpb barcodes
  • Manual Bullpen Visibility to close the gap on flat mailpieces worked in a manual operation
  • Exchange of breadcrumb data with mailer transported volume to IV to determine moment of arrival
  • Service Measurement Indicator for pieces to provide exclusion reasons
  • Ability to receive IMpb Compliance reports

Note: Additional functionality may be included in these planned releases.

IV-MTR Latest News

Fact Sheets
01/19/2018
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an overview of the benefits of the IV-MTR application and where to go for more information.

Release Notes
05/13/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Release Notes

These release notes summarize new features and enhancements implemented in deployments to the IV-MTR application.

IV-MTR User Guides and Training

User Guides
05/13/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) User Guide

The User Guide describes the prerequisites for receiving mail tracking data through IV-MTR, the data provisioning options available, and how to use the application.

Tech Guides
03/22/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Mail.XML Guide

This guide provides information about using MailXML™ to receive mail tracking data through the IV-MTR application.

User Guides
02/12/2019
Applying for Access to Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR)

This presentation provides instructions for applying for access to the IV Mail Tracking & Reporting application (IV-MTR). The instructions include how to register for a Business Customer Gateway (BCG) account, add the IV-MTR service in the BCG, and receive and enter the authorization code.

User Guides
02/13/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Business Service Administrator (BSA) Instructions

This document provides instructions for IV-MTR BSA and BSA Delegate users to perform certain administrative functions in the Business Customer Gateway (BCG) and IV-MTR web application.

User Guides
02/01/2019
Provisioning Enterprise Payment and Package Platform Data through Informed Visibility® (IV®)

This guide provides instructions for receiving Enterprise Payment System (EPS) and Package Platform data through the IV Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV-MTR) application.

User Guides
05/13/2019
Provisioning Mail Quality Data with Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking and Reporting

Mail Quality Data (MQD-IV) leverages the Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) application to enable mailers to receive uncapped Mail Quality Data.

IV-MTR Data Dictionaries

User Guides
10/19/2018
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) External Facing Data Dictionary

This document describes the data attributes available in the external-facing IV-MTR application.

User Guides
09/25/2018
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Sample Data Set

This workbook provides sample data for each data attribute available in the IV-MTR application for each mail object type.

Data Files
06/10/2019
Enterprise Payment System IV-MTR Data Elements (As of 6.10.19)

These data elements are valid as of June 10, 2019.

Publications
01/16/2019
Package Platform Data Dictionary

Detailed information on the Package Platform data elements available through the Informed Visibility Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV-MTR) application

IV-MTR Reference Materials

Data Files
02/19/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Operation Codes List

This spreadsheet provides a list of operation codes (opcodes), also known as Scan Event Codes, for the IV-MTR application.

Data Files
07/29/2016
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Facility File

This spreadsheet provides information about Postal Service facilities, including facility name, locale key, ZIP Code, and address.

Data Files
06/03/2019
Automated Zone Indicator (AZI) Table

The AZI table lists each five-digit ZIP Code™ and is an indicator of the type of processing that typically takes place on letter mail destined for each ZIP Code.

Data Files
05/13/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Machine Count by Site File

This file contains descriptions of mail processing equipment as well as a count of machine types at each Postal processing facility.

Data Files
06/17/2016
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) SSL Certificate

This ZIP file includes the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate for the IV-MTR application.

Tech Guides
03/29/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) WSDL and XSD Files

This ZIP file contains the Web Services Description Language (WSDL) and XML Schema Definition (XSD) files necessary to use MailXML™ to receive mail tracking data from IV-MTR.

Data Files
05/13/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Mail.XML Test Pull Messages

This ZIP file contains MailXML messages to test sending a pull request to the IV-MTR application.

Request for Assistance Forms

Applications/ Forms
04/03/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Data Delegation Request

This form allows a Delegating Company (i.e., Mailer ID [MID] Owner) to provide authorization for delegation of mail tracking visibility to a Receiving Company within the IV-MTR application.

Applications/ Forms
04/03/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Piece-Level One-Time Query Request

This form is to help users prepare to submit a one-time query for piece-level data, either on their own through the IV-MTR web application or assistance from the IV Solutions Center.

Applications/ Forms
04/03/2019
Enterprise Payment System (EPS) through IV-MTR® Data Delegation Request

This form allows a Delegating Company (i.e., Mailer ID [MID] Owner) to provide authorization for delegation of Enterprise Payment System (EPS) data visibility to a Receiving Company within the IV-MTR application.

Applications/ Forms
04/03/2019
Package Platform (PPC) through IV-MTR® Data Delegation Request

This form allows a Delegating Company (i.e., Mailer ID [MID] Owner) to provide authorization for delegation of Package Platform (PPC) data visibility to a Receiving Company within the IV-MTR application.

Applications/ Forms
04/03/2019
Mail Quality Data (MQD) through IV-MTR® Data Delegation Request

This form allows a Delegating Company (i.e., Mailer ID [MID] Owner) to provide authorization for delegation of Mail Quality Data (MQD) visibility to a Receiving Company within the IV-MTR application.

Applications/ Forms
04/03/2019
Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Routing Code Visibility Request

This form allows the IV Solutions Center® to provide visibility of mail tracking data within the IV-MTR web application for specific Routing Codes (Zip Codes) based on a company’s business need.  

IV-MTR API

Tech Guides
05/03/2019
IV-MTR API Developer Toolkit

The Developer Toolkit provides information about using the Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Application Programming Interface (API). The API enables the mailing industry to integrate mobile and web-based applications with near real-time IV-MTR data through a lightweight data exchange.

FAQs
10/04/2018
FAQs for the IV-MTR API

This document provides answers to FAQs for the IV-MTR API.

Release Notes
04/30/2019
IV-MTR API Release Notes

These release notes summarize new features and enhancements implemented in deployments to the Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV®-MTR) Application Programming Interface (API).

MTAC User Group 4 for Mail Visibility

Fact Sheets
06/03/2019
About Mailers' Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) User Group 4

This document provides a brief description of MTAC User Group 4 for mail visibility and provides a contact for requesting to join the group.

Contact Lists
04/11/2018
Mail Tracking Vendor List

This document provides contact information for a number of third-party service providers who offer mail owner and mail service provider solutions.

Applications/ Forms
10/19/2018
Mail Tracking Vendor List Request Form

Use this form to request to add your company's name and contact information to the Mail Tracking Vendor List.

Related Products

Electronic Documentation (eDoc)

To participate in Full-Service Intelligent Mail®, mailers must submit information electronically. This computer-consumable version replaces existing hardcopies and includes the following: postage statement and qualification report.

Mail Quality Data through IV®-MTR

Mail Quality Data (MQD-IV) leverages the Informed Visibility® Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV-MTR) application to enable mailers to receive uncapped Mail Quality Data. Detailed error data from the Mailer Scorecard is available for Full Service, Move Update, eInduction, and Seamless Acceptance.

Contact

For more information, contact the IV Solutions Center at 1-800-238-3150, option #2 or InformedVisibility@usps.gov.