Surface Visibility Intelligent Container
Barcode Validation Process
The new Surface Visibility Intelligent Container Barcode can be utilized by
any corporation. The barcode is used to capture the appointment and
content data of a drop shipment at the container level. This information
provides more accurate content and start the clock information.
The Surface Visibility Intelligent Container Barcode validation process is
being rolled out to all corporations in order to validate the new Surface
Visibility Intelligent Container Barcode from each corporation before
deployment in production. The barcodes will be verified to ensure
compliance with the Surface Visibility Intelligent Container Barcode
The Surface Visibility Intelligent Container Barcode Specifications document is located on
RIBBS at http://ribbs.usps.gov.
Step 1: Corporation reviews the Surface Visibility Intelligent Container
Barcode Specifications and generates sample barcodes
1. Corporation reviews the Surface Visibility Intelligent Container Barcode specifications
to understand the required criteria.
2. Corporation contacts PostalOne! Help desk At (800) 522-9085 to obtain a Business
Step 2: Participating corporations email their 10 unique barcode
samples in PDF format to this address: FAST@usps.com
Step 3: USPS conducts a three step validation
1. USPS conducts a visual inspection of the Surface Visibility Intelligent Container
Barcode. The visual inspection is for those mailer placard specifications that cannot
be confirmed via scanning.
2. USPS uses the Motorola Utility Manager on the handheld scanner to scan the
barcodes for numeric length, symbology, and serial number.
3. USPS uses the Unload screen of the Surface Visibility (SV) application to determine if
the barcode is recognized by SV.
Step 4: USPS will work with corporations to revise barcodes and will
determine if the barcode meets the validation criteria
1. To meet the validation criteria, the corporation must, at minimum, successfully pass
Part 1 (Visual Inspection), Part 2 (Motorola Utility Device Scan), and Part 3 (Surface
Visibility scan) of the barcode validation process.
Step 5: USPS notifies the corporation of their assessment via email no
more than two business days after the start of the barcode validation
process. The USPS stakeholders should be copied on this notification
1. Pass – Corporation can begin using the barcodes in production
2. Fail – Corporation must re-test with USPS
Step 6: Corporation notifies USPS once they go into production so
facilities can begin scanning their placards.