Innovation at Prime Vision

Innovation director Bernd van Dijk takes you to the innovation centre and updates you about our challenging Autonomous Sorting product. If you are interested to find out more on the Autonomous Sorting possibilities, please contact Bernd van Dijk at b.v.dijk@primevision.com.

Ahead of Time

National Post finds a Way to facilitate easier Acceptance of Parcels

Whilst the professional e-commerce industry is effectively serviced at an industrial level, the home-orientated marketplaces, has led a massive increase in parcels being individually sent at the local level. Post offices struggle to receive, and effectively process the shear mass of parcels leading to ever-increasing queues, and pressure-induced mistakes in data input. This is a global problem - poor performance and long wait times from national posts result in a steady stream of customers choosing to give their business to the independent logistics carriers.

This was the problem recently presented to Prime Vision by our customer, a national post. They wanted us to review the current processes and procedures at the post office counter to find a way to facilitate easier acceptance of parcels, and at the same time, accurately and more reliably register address information.

Read more in the paper.

Case Study: Address Learning at An Post

How Address Learning helped to improve Sorting of Mail to the Delivery Level

It may seem an obvious statement, but both individuals and businesses expect post and logistics companies to know their exact location to get an efficient service. But this is not as easy as it sounds.

A critical component of any logistics operation, creating the optimum customer address database to deliver mail is incredibly challenging. Conventional techniques such as merging and cleansing data from publicly available sources are complicated, unreliable and very often out-of-date.  The ever-increasing e-commerce industry relies on the speed, accuracy and professional services of modern postal companies to facilitate the smooth flow of items through the network.

This was the problem faced by Prime Vision when An Post, the state-owned Postal services provider for the Republic of Ireland, approached us to build a new solution to improve sorting of mail to the delivery level. At present, mainly due to the established inconsistency of written address formats and a lack of use of postcodes, An Post were only able to automatically assign 70% of delivery level addresses - that is, the crucial two upper lines of an address. This meant an incredible 30% of mail having to have human intervention to interpret the correct address.

Read more in the case study.

Second Postal Partner announces Autonomous Sorting Pilot

Prime Vision’s Visionary New System has sent Shockwaves through the Industry

Fresh from winning two recent industry innovation awards for the Autonomous Sorting solution, Prime Vision’s visionary new system has sent shockwaves through the industry, compelling Postal and Parcel to assess both their current set-ups and future plans. After a successful proof-of-concept demonstration to an invited audience proved the concept feasible, Prime Vision now has a pilot with a second postal partner commencing mid 2018.

Autonomous Sorting introduces the idea of self-organising logistics by utilising the latest robotic technology to sort parcels or roll containers autonomously. These robots – called Rovers – combined with Prime Visions technical and industry know-how, enable parcel and logistics companies to turn an empty warehouse into a fully operational Sorting Centre in less than a day.

Read more in the Press Release.

Airport news

Prime Vision - SICK Partnership wins OCR Project for Major European Airport

Prime Vision’s OCR and video-coding are reaching out to other markets. We have successfully sold our recognition solution to one of the biggest  European airports, tracking bags and suitcases by reading the barcodes and letters on the baggage labels.

Our baggage handling solution detects and tracks luggage at departure, arrival and in transit. It has been built to work in conjunction with existing technologies (laser devices and camera tunnels) and improves the recognition of the IATA labels from 94% to 99%.

With video-coding and OCR the flight numbers and “license plates” on the label are read and soon the destination code will be read as well. The information is used for routing purposes and contributes greatly to less items being lost or mis-routed.

In those cases where cameras and lasers cannot read the barcode (i.e. damaged or creased labels, small font size) or if cameras and lasers do read the barcode but the barcode information has not been received, a combination of video-coding and OCR reading is necessary. The addition of our software not only increases customer satisfaction and decreases manual handling but will also be necessary to be compliant with latest IATA requirements.

We are working in partnership with SICK and are excited about the first installation going live in October 2018. More airports will follow soon.

If you are interested to find out more on our airport products, please contact Richard Hagen at r.hagen@primevision.com.

OTHER NEWS

Consumers are shopping more than ever online

The IPC Cross-border e-commerce Shopper Survey 2017 shows that consumers are shopping more than ever online and are most active in China, Korea, India and the United States. When it comes to cross-border online shopping, consumers rate as their most important requirement, the need to have clear information about delivery charges prior to making their purchase.
IPC Cross-border e-commerce Shopper Survey 2017

New EU rules to make parcel delivery more affordable adopted

Today, the European Parliament adopted the Commission proposal to make prices for cross-border parcel delivery services more transparent and affordable, and to increase regulatory oversight of the EU parcel market.
http://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/new-eu-rules-make-parcel-delivery-more-affordable-adopted_en
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