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Another world first for prime vision

scale-up parcel OCR without extra cost

Prime Vision, the only OCR developer in the world focussed on the parcel market, has now taken its ParcelVision system into another league. Version two of this modular parcel recognition platform is now web-enabled. This a customer driven development that has evolved as a result of successful, individual ParcelVision installations being replicated at other sites within the same company. Prime Vision has harnessed this collective resource creating a highly flexible network operation.

Some organisations have an enterprise network linking sorting centres but rarely are these links sufficiently robust to be reliable. Nor do they have the necessary bandwidth. The Worldwide Web on the other hand is the most robust, redundant network there is. Prime Vision has therefore seized the opportunity to web-enable its ParcelVision system to provide 'anytime, anywhere' availability via the security of a closed business network.

The benefits of this are manifold. It allows resources and information to be better utilised and the effective management of fluctuations in throughput, particularly at peak periods. For example it allows the video coding team in one sorting centre to help another that may be short staffed due to holiday or sickness. It can also provide access to a pool of home-based video coders. They don't have to be near the sorting centre and in reality they don't even have to be in the same country.

Training, quality control, supervision, ensured data integrity and security are all vital to the effectiveness of such a facility and Prime Vision's video coding module already meets all these requirements. In essence all the web-enablement does it to provide an extension of the network cable with these elements integral to the system.

ParcelVision video coding was the first of the ParcelVision modules to be web-enabled and now Prime Vision is pleased to announce that parcel archive has now followed suit. This provides clients with the capability to review parcel images and indeed complete process history for every parcel handled at the sorting centre. It is a powerful tool for both customer service and operations management.

The pilot installation for the new web-enabled parcel archive is at Post Denmark. Previously the parcel archive was only accessible via dedicated terminals at the sorting centre. The enhanced system allows the customer complete flexibility to access the archive securely utilising a standard web browser and the Internet. As a result the entire organisation can benefit from this valuable tracking data including of course the all important customer services department.

ParcelVision 2.0 is designed to allow automated parcel handling to be scaled up without incurring expansion costs. It enables businesses to grow in a steady, structured way by maximising resources. TNT Netherlands provides a good example. The company is installing Prime Vision web-based video coding to provide greater operational flexibility. Gearing up for this year's Christmas peak will now be easy thanks to this investment as TNT can instantly scale-up its productivity.

Already available to existing Prime Vision clients, this ground-breaking software will go on general release following its official launch at Post-Expo 2008.

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