Parcel SolutionsAutomatic reading and coding

Our intelligent solutions for reading and coding

Our core competences include extracting and interpreting all relevant sorting and routing information for mail and parcels, including dimension and weight. Various laser scanners, line scan cameras, scales, and dimensioning systems combine to provide a fully integrated, service-based solution.

We offer custom-built as well as standard, off-the-shelf solutions for image processing. You can choose from various camera systems that capture from one to six sides of an item.

Benefits at a glance

  • One solution to extract all process-relevant information
  • Recognition of addresses in all typical fonts, including hard-to-read handwriting
  • Benchmark in speed, flexibility and reading performance
  • Easy-to-use training systems for stamps, labels and symbols

ARTread: high read performance

Our automatic address reading system – ARTread – sets new standards in speed, flexibility, and accuracy. Even shipments without routing information or ID barcodes, or those missing information, are read and forwarded accordingly. Our mail and parcel reading technology decodes machine and hand-written addresses in various writing systems. The innovative technology also recognizes stamps, stickers, and labels, as well as markings for dangerous goods and handling instructions that are not address-related.

ARTid: Fingerprint technology for tracking

Our advanced Fingerprint technology makes it possible to reliably track shipments  throughout the sorting process. It makes use of the fact that no two letters or parcels look exactly alike. Optical characteristics such as surfaces, stamps, and logos, as well as size, volume, and weight are scanned and recorded. The image-based identification technology detects and tracks parcels and letters through the entire process. The images can be used for tracking at the sorting center, as well as for third-party parcel tracking.

Flexible and manual coding

Scanned addresses that cannot be read automatically are processed manually by video-coding operators. Coding takes place online when the parcel or letter is in the sorting machine and offline when the item is being transported to the next sorting center.

Our intelligent system that learns

Sometimes addresses are written incorrectly or are difficult to decipher. We therefore recommend using our learning system to continuously update address directories. This system “learns” typical spelling errors and updates addresses – it also identifies new elements that occur frequently on parcels and letters.

Mastering the increasing diversity of address labels

With our innovative Label Learning system, you can easily add new reading tasks and train the reading system to recognize new label formats. It can resolve corrupted or non-readable barcodes and extract additional parcel information. Reused parcels often have more than one barcode, which usually causes confusion, but our system knows how to resolve it intelligently. It will also correctly process international and third-party parcel and mail labels.

Intelligent Data Entry Workplace (IDEW)

The Intelligent Data Entry Workplace (IDEW) is a flexible, compact address-reading and manual-encoding station for parcels and mail. The solution incorporates various types of image-capturing devices, like a top camera or a handheld scanner combined with label printer. Optionally, a scale can be integrated to semi-automatically obtain the relevant parcel data.