Polish postal service goes modern with letter sorters from Siemens
Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions has received an order from the Polish postal service (Poczta Polska) to supply eight letter sorters of the Integrated Reading and Video Coding Machine (IRV) type. The machines are intended for the mail sorting centers in Warsaw, Katowice, Bydgoszcz, Gdansk und Wrocħaw. These new sorters, which are to go into operation by 2014, can read machine and hand-written addresses automatically and accurately – right down to the apartment number.
Each letter is automatically scanned and the electronic image of the mail is transmitted to a reading and video coding system. Addresses are automatically identified and missing sorting information or information which occasionally cannot be read automatically is added manually by video coding staff. The full address, including the apartment number, is coded and made available as data for sequence sorting. This means that the mail is prepared in the sorting machine according to the sequence of the mail carrier's delivery route. In addition, the system can also recognize and process data matrix codes and specific Polish labels. Video coding in Poland will be possible in future via a Web application so that, for example during the Christmas season, more video coding staff can be assigned without difficulty.
This latest order continues the longstanding collaboration between Siemens and the Polish postal service. It involves not only the supply of the machines, but also installation, commissioning and training.
Siemens is the world market leader in mail sorting systems. Around 23,000 Siemens systems have been installed in more than 50 countries. Throughout the world, Siemens sorts around 35 percent of all mail. And in the USA and Germany, the amount of mail handled by systems made by Siemens is more than 90 percent.