Prime Vision solutions and integration skills offer clients considerable added-value, whether its reducing costs, increasing efficiency, implementing new services or optimizing operations.
HOW TO READ ADDRESS BLOCKS ON PARCELS
Automatic OCR reading for parcels is entirely different than solutions for letters or flats, and as one of the first companies to develop a successful parcel reading solution in the industry, we understand those challenges. Strategies are required to overcome the size variation of what is considered a parcel, whether its a 50mm cube, to items that can exceed 1.5 meters, plus the likelihood of multiple labels and addresses being present on up to six surfaces.
Prime Vision's reading and coding solutions for parcels include advanced region-of-interest finding and reasoning techniques to locate and distinguish between conflicting information on up to 6-sides of a parcel in parallel.
Prime Vision's "Parcel Vision" parcel automation platform was arguably the first successful implementation of parcel reading in the postal market, following two attempts by competitors in the field. The first system was deployed in the Netherlands by PostNL at Arnhem Registered Mail Centre, followed shortly after by Post Danmark's implementation in Copenhagen.
Since those early days, Parcel Vision developed to become ParcelMatch which is now deployed at more than 70 clients in 20 countries globally. In 2016, ParcelMatch became PremierMMS, our latest next generation implementation of parcel automation capability.
HOW TO PROTECT REVENUES
Revenue protection and recovery components are a core competence of Prime Vision and have been implemented in applications in Europe and the United States. Automation of mail streams, whether letters, flats or parcels, presents a unique opportunity to monitor and verify indicia values, validity and billing accuracy.
Examples of our work include automated checking of mail streams for under stamped mail with our stamp recognition reading module. This includes a database that can be maintained for new stamps or indicia. Additional verification, for example of dimensional weight or volume has been integrated many times by Prime Vision into its automation platforms. Our experts can show real-world examples of these implementations and advise you on the best-fit hardware and software to meet your needs and comply with local certification and regulations.
HOW TO OPTIMISE READ-RATES
With an objective to fully optimise read-rates, one must first understand the failure mode of no-reads. This is often where our work at Prime Vision starts, either by looking at processes and systems currently in use, or perhaps reviewing images of mail that fail existing automation.
By fully understanding the root-cause of no-reads, our experts at Prime Vision can suggest best-fit strategies based on the actual issue and available budget.
For automated character reading (OCR) solutions, the optimum read-rates are usually achieved by combining multiple OCR engines into an overall platform such as PremierMMS from Prime Vision. As a world-leading developer of recognition solutions, Prime Vision has supplied its core recognition technology for many postal programs across the world. In our role as an open integrator of solutions, Prime Vision has often integrated OCR engines from others on behalf of the client - key examples being in The Netherlands and Denmark.
Optimising read-rates can involve much more than just your OCR or barcoding systems though. First-time read-rates rely on having robust processes, labelling and preparation of mail and parcels for automation purposes. Prime Vision experts are postal operations experts and can consult on every aspect of the workflow in order to optimise efficiencies and read-rates.