USPS adds certified e-mail
- By Natasha Haubold
- May 11, 2000
The U.S. Postal Service has increased its World Wide Web presence once again
by offering customers the ability to send certified e-mail.
The Post Electronic Courier Service (PosteCS) enables customers to create
and send messages via the Internet through a postal account and the USPS
data center. Customers don't need an Internet service provider to send electronic
Customers can access the service on the Web at www.framed.usps.com/postecs.
Once a document is sent, it is stored on a USPS server and given its own
Web address. The intended recipient gets an e-mail notification that a document
has been sent to them and that it can be accessed via the URL provided.
The PosteCS system notifies senders when a document has been sent, when
the recipient has been notified and when the recipient has opened the document.
USPS is offering a free, 30-day trial of the new service, which eventually
will cost $1.70 per transaction.
Additional security for electronic post office mail will come through
electronic postmarks the digital equivalent of the ink postmark placed
on a stamp.
"PosteCS brings the trust, security and peace of mind that the Postal
Service brand is known for to the area of global electronic communications,"
said John Nolan, the deputy postmaster general. "In addition, through PosteCS,
customers will have the option of using the USPS Electronic Postmark, which
provides an added layer of security to electronic documents."
USPS is using Tumbleweed Communications Corp.'s servers, software and
technology to offer the certified e-mail service.
"Tumbleweed technology and services have been implemented to provide
confidentiality and security to users," said Mark Pastore, Tumbleweed's
vice president of corporate development. "Tumbleweed has a robust Internet
message server that can handle high volume in a secure architecture that
includes privacy, authentication and tamper notification."