USPS DSS systems upgraded to include mail-reading capabilities

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Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has implemented new mail address-reading technology for USPS’s Delivery Schemeless Sortation (DSS) solutions, enabling mail to be sorted by employees without route training.

DSS systems traditionally combine a laptop computer and Bluetooth headset with a ring scanner to capture barcode information for parcels arriving at USPS delivery units. DSS provides both visual and audible indicators for routing information, enabling employees without route training to sort packages. This technology has now been modified allowing mail to be sorted in a similar fashion.

Up until now, letters in the delivery units have been sorted manually by skilled postal workers with a good knowledge of the delivery routes in the various districts. Sorting was thus dependent on the knowledge of a number of staff members. Siemens’ new address reading technology processes the image on the individual mail items quickly and reliably, and then compares it with the reference address database. The software displays the mailbox into which the letter should be sorted in a very short amount of time. The enhanced solution increases productivity and lowers the manual cost for delivery unit operations.

Michael Reichle, CEO of SPPAL, said, “We are delighted that USPS, the world’s largest postal service provider, has opted for our innovative technology. Our experience and expertise enable us to support our customers in improving their competitive position in the marketplace.”

June 20, 2016

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