For Prime Vision employees, life is not just about work. As an employer, Prime Vision values and encourages overall wellbeing, finding the right balance between being a high performer and living a healthy and active lifestyle. The office in Delft offers a fully equipped gym under the supervision of a certified personal trainer which is available to all staff. Each year the enthusiastic Prime Vision running team takes part in the ‘Kopjes-company-run” and proves to be a top contender! Sometimes professional and sports ambitions go hand in hand.
Managing a sorting center with an average of 50 to 500 chutes can be very demanding. Do you find yourself challenged with the right layout on a day to day basis? Depending on the supply of parcels and the growing number of delivery methods reorganizing chutes and containers is a time-consuming process. Because optimal chute assignment becomes harder with the increasing number of products, it is difficult to manually change the assignment frequently. This results in more or less static chute assignments, which decreases productivity and efficiency over time.
In an increasingly connected world, local systems are more frequently connected to external systems to share information. The need for speed and security for Postal & Parcel service providers is of great importance.
Prime Vision has developed an interconnected hybrid cloud solution to solve these challenges. A solution that connects all parties, from supplier to consumer and all steps in between. With devices in the chain communicating with each other without human intervention. Last minute changes in delivery locations can be processed even when the parcel is already in the last mile.
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Yesterday we said goodbye to our colleague Richard van den Brink who worked for Prime Vision for almost 40 years. Due to personal circumstances, Richard has decided to retire early.
Pim Struik, Head of the Software Engineer team described Richard as being “the kind of software engineer that fits into any team. Great working mentality, proficient in a lot of languages and output that could be trusted right away. His work made every other team member better: he smoothed the path of software development by facilitating better tooling and restructuring the software itself. He will be missed!”
We would like to wish Richard all the best with the start of a new chapter after Prime Vision.
As part of our sustainability program, we have auctioned the end-of-year gifts for charity to our employees who donated generously.
Last Thursday, we handed over a cheque to Wild care Foundation Delft. The Wild care relies mostly on volunteers and they all share a passion to care for needy, injured and sick animals. In 2019 they took care of around 3000 animals.
Last September Wild care Foundation Delft rung the alarm: the wild care is entirely dependent on private donations and gifts. Municipalities have the duty of care for wild animals, but not the duty of payment. Fortunately, discussions are currently taking place with municipalities, the Province and the government. Until then, they can only remain open through all generous gifts from people who support them and their work.
Prime Vision has felt the responsibility to incorporate sustainability within the organization for many years and it derives from intrinsic motivation from its employees.
Creating and maintaining a sustainable business is the responsibility of all, and considering the challenges ahead, Prime Vision is looking to find additional ways to operate in a sustainable manner.
More information about Wild care Delft: https://www.wildopvangdelft.nl/
In 2017 Prime Vision, introduced the handling projector at the Post + Parcel Expo and were successful in winning the Sorting Centre Innovation of the year Award.
Over the past year, we have worked to further fine-tune this technology. The new release of the handling projector is now readily available. The latest release, has a much more robust, solid layout, is stronger and much faster than its predecessor. It is able to meet the high demands in terms of real-life operational environmental performance which Prime Vision has successfully demonstrated during its last acceptance project at a customers site in Poland.
Based on this latest release, many potential customers have shown a great interest in the handling projector and its added value. Several parties are lining up to launch implementation projects. As such, the handling projector has gained its right place in the industry.
Curious to know what the handling projector can do for you? Contact us directly or check out this video for more information.
We are proud to announce that after a week of audits on our company processes, our ISO 9001 and 27001 certificates have successfully been renewed for another 3 years.
Prime Vision is ISO 27001 certified since 2017. This ISO standard stands for the Information Security Management System (ISMS) for the protection of all your confidential information. This means that we treat all your information securely and confidentially according to the standards of this certification.
In order to be certified to the ISO 9001 standard, a company must follow the requirements set forth in the ISO 9001 Standard. The standard is used by organizations to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements and to demonstrate continuous improvement.
At the latest Parcel and Post-Expo show Prime Vision won the Sorting and Fulfillment technology award for her Chinese Address Reader.
Prime Vision’s Chinese Address Reader helps postal operators overcome some of the major challenges associated with handling Chinese parcels. Like most cross-border shipments, parcels from Asia vary in size, shape and weight, making them difficult to position correctly for scanning in the automated sorting process. Chinese customs labels and barcodes are also often poorly printed with critical information missing or smudged. Add in the lack of standardization in address label format – which makes it almost impossible for common scanners to read – and the process becomes a daunting task for any sorting hub.
Prime Vision developed the Chinese Address Reader as a viable solution to these problems. When used in partnership with any established OCR solution, it allows postal operators to convert highly labor-intensive Asian parcel handling into a profitable revenue stream. Based on the company’s award-winning OCR technology, Prime Vision has taken the capabilities of its Chinese Address Reader to new levels by allowing data to be read across multiple labels including address labels, customs labels and recipient details.
The system sets itself apart by only detecting, interpreting and validating the information necessary for processing and sorting. It looks for relevant blocks of data. The Chinese Address Reader first interprets the type of mail – in this case Asian – and then identifies the segments of relevant data to establish the location of the necessary text. Once pinpointed, machine-learning and advanced OCR techniques, combined with Prime Vision’s OCR parcel libraries, clean the address line for conventional recognition.
PostNL has successfully optimised the sorting operation by decrypting uncoded mail and parcels, leading to reduction of manual handling in the sorting centres.
The main objective for PostNL was to reduce the number of letters and parcels which need to be coded by hand. This reduction of manual coding solves two major issues: on time sorting and distribution on demanded KPI level and reduction of overhead costs due to manual coding.
The Prime Vision platform provided the following benefits for PostNL:
- Run one central platform for all mail streams (e.g. letters, bundles, parcels, Chinese parcels, revenue protection);
- Increased flexibility:
- Dynamic optimization of the Coding Activity pool
- Improved management of Coding Activity / easily upscale and downscale
- Dynamic throughput of connection between Coding platform and Image Controller (not fixed)
- Cloud based deployment possible (e.g. flexible upscaling during Peak periods);
- Improved Functional Support (e.g. change of a coding task directly implemented for all coding operators);
- Easily add new functionalities and new coding tasks for all mail streams;
- Platform suitable for Services Model;
- Direct connection with data-entry partner;
- Realtime insights in KPI’s, volume, buffers and idle time.
Prime Vision’s innovative Web Coding Platform
Over the past few years Prime Vision has developed a new centralised Web Coding Platform. Designed to increase flexibility, optimise video coding activities and support integration with operation and business processes. Prime Vision’s solution helps reduce the number of mail and parcels which is manually processed. The sorting process is thus further automated through (offshore) data entry activities. The platform ensures that the coding process, within the sorting process, is as efficient and effective as possible.
The new web coding platform comes with a new web-based architecture, modular set up and is suitable for running in the cloud or on local premises.
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Prime Vision’s specialists will gladly provide you with detailed information and submit an offer tailored to your particular needs. Contact us for more information.
The last months of the year are traditionally very hectic in the postal industry due to online retail events such as Black Friday and the Holiday season such as Christmas and the New Year which results in annual peak postal traffic whereby internal postal operations are put under pressure to cope with the high volumes.
Prime Vision offers additional services to help minimise the risk of software incidents during these busy times of the year.
Prime Vision can offer you the following Peak Readiness (additional) services:
- A Peak Readiness “intake” with your engineering team to determine key focus points for production and availability.
- Check list of IT hardware and software (standard pricing for 4-8 hours per location of EUR 105 per hour):
- Status of all servers and desktops (errors, CPU usage, diskspace, etc.)
- Review of Prime Vision software components
- Software check PVPMs
- HW Warranty check
- Risk assessment.
- Extra Standby Service during peak hours on specific days (price dependent on customer requests).
- Precautionary restarting of IT hardware and Prime Vision Software before peak days.
Please contact us if you would like to receive more information on those services.
In the Winter edition of Mail and Express Review, Prime Vision’s Innovation Director Bernd van Dijk explains his vision on the self-organising parcel.
Bernd van Dijk: “I think it’s accurate to say, that fairly soon, a parcel will be smart enough to make informed, agile decisions that ensure the most effective delivery options. The results promise to benefit not only the postal companies but as importantly, the customer.
While today, the technology is getting closer, the most significant barrier to achieving this level of increased functionality is the existing operational structure of a typical logistic operator. Generally, operations are fixed and lack the agility to adapt to any changing circumstance.
This is the time when post companies must react and act to make their operations and systems future proof. It’s just a matter of time before we see smart-tags available at costs acceptable for mainstream use in the parcel industry.”
PostNL opened its 25th parcel sorting center inTilburg, the Netherlands on 11 November. From this new sustainable sorting center, sized appr. 7.600 square meters, PostNL will sort about 32.000 parcels on a daily basis. Prime Vision again played an important role in the whole sorting, coding and registered mail processes by implementing a Sorting Decision System, Coding platform and Sort 2 light system. We thank our customer PostNL and the suppliers BEUMER and SICK, for the close operation and the successful project.
More information about PostNL’s new parcel sorting centre can be found here.
Yesterday, for the 8th consecutive year, the award ceremony of Main Software 50 took place in Amsterdam.
Prime Vision is proud to have secured a place among the 50 most successful software companies in the Netherlands.
With a record number of subscriptions, this year’s edition was more competitive than ever. Main Software 50, the renowned ranking of the 50 most successful Dutch software companies, is intended to increase visibility of the Dutch software sector for the larger public and reward software companies for their success. This years’ participants have improved performance on almost all relevant KPIs, indicating the growing success of the sector at large.
This week a successful collaboration between Prime Vision and UWV Employer Service Haaglanden has been reinforced by signing a partnership. UWV has already supplied several suitable candidates that were previously unemployed.
UWV: “What makes Prime Vision special for us is the open attitude towards people, their view of being a good employer and providing excellent service to their customers”.
The kick-off session of our OCR Masterclass, organized specifically for our customers, took place last week and was met with a lot of positive feedback!
The Masterclass centers around OCR and everything it entails, i.e. its importance, use and developments.
If you are interested in attending an OCR Masterclass as well, please get in touch and we will contact you soon.
Prime vision is proud to announce it has joined the Dutch AI coalition. The AI Coalition is a collaboration between Dutch public and private parties and was set up to encourage the development and use of Artificial Intelligence. The partnership will help Prime Vision remain at the forefront of this innovation. The coalition was launched yesterday in the presence of State Secretary Mona Keijzer.
For more information about the AI Coalition, visit their website: https://nlaic.com/
Earlier this week, our commercial director Dirk van Lammeren and account director Richard Hagen signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Guangdong Tengen Industrial Group Co., Ltd; the Dutch Embassy in Beijing hosted the ceremony.
Richard Hagen: “This is the start of close cooperation to extend the presence of Prime Vision in the Chinese market”.
This year during Parcel + Post Expo, as part of an exciting partnership with our launching customer Nexive, selected clients will be offered a unique opportunity to have a sneak preview of a sorting warehouse where our autonomous sorting concept is running.
In parallel to the main exhibition, 1st October we will hold two live demonstrations at the Innovation Centre of Kuehne + Nagel in Utrecht. Transport to the location and return to the Parcel and Post Expo will be arranged by us. The whole experience will take less than two hours. Food and drinks will be provided.
It promises to be an enjoyable, insightful experience and a unique opportunity to have a glimpse of the near-future operating today.
Click here to find more details about the time slots and the program.
Our Vision Engineer Chris van Dam will be speaking at the Parcel + Post Expo Conference about How to solve Addressing Challenges with Deep Learning
Chris gives an insight into how innovative machine learning technologies, such as Deep Learning, promise to meet head-on some of the challenges arising from the ever-expanding eCommerce market.
Chris will explain and illustrate current issues in the addressing of letters and parcels, giving particular focus to items originating from Asia where both language and cultural differences result in incredibly low read-rates. We consider why these problems lead to western postal and logistics companies operating traditional OCR solutions struggling to achieve even adequate read-rates.
Finally, Chris will share with us a glimpse into Prime Vision’s R&D World, by giving us a short explanation of recent current handwriting-reading innovations which employs the very latest Deep Learning techniques to achieve impressive results.
Prime Vision and its technology partner TWTG have successfully performed a limited production run (LPR) of their joint asset tracking solution for a major national post in Asia Pacific.
In early May 2019, the two teams clearly proved the solution’s robust ability to track objects between two parcel centers. They demonstrated in over 14 use-cases the adaptability and ease of the solution by simultaneously tracking 100 roll cages tagged with BLE trackers, operating in real-world conditions.
The Prime Vision IoT platform that managed the solution is based upon the company’s experience gained from delivering next-generation event platforms for multiple international customers. The application was additionally configured to demonstrate increased functionality, such as track and trace of the roll cages, allowing the customer to track assets not just within the hubs, or in transportation between the two locations, but crucially also the dwell time at each facility. The resulting information was then displayed on a dashboard that allowed the user to make decisions based on data.
Additionally, the post enjoyed the software’s ability to create detailed reports that enabled it to make decisions based on the latest information. The post saw the potential that when combined with additional data sources, such as trends, traffic or weather information, the resulting insights represented a powerful decision-making tool.
For the purpose of the LPR, 100 TWTG trackers were mounted to the roll cages and registered in the asset tracking IoT platform, giving each roll cage a unique identity within the system.
The trackers communicated actively via a Bluetooth low-energy protocol, which, when utilized with specialized gateways, regularly updated the system as to the whereabouts of the customer’s assets. Thanks to the energy-harvesting capabilities of each tracker, the concern about battery lifetime became irrelevant.
In total, seven gateways were installed in the two facilities, each designed to receive the updates from the active trackers and relay the data back to the IoT Platform. The number of gateways increases the precision of the indoor localization of the roll cages.
All-in-all, the LPR was a success, and the post was pleased with the results.