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Double win as Prime Vision takes home two awards at POST-EXPO 2017

Prime Vision reconfirmed its position as one of the industry’s leading innovators by winning in two categories at the 2017 Postal and Parcel Technology Awards.

For the second year in a row, Prime Vision collected the Sorting Center Innovation of the year award, this year for its new Projection Sorting system.

The second award, the prestigious Supplier of the Year, recognized not only Prime Vision’s pioneering range of products but also the company’s fresh attitude and approach when doing business with its customers and partners.

Commenting on the win, Prime Vision CEO Eddy Thans said, “Winning this award [Supplier of the Year] is really special for us. It shows that all the hard work and effort is working. It’s part of our company DNA that we try to think differently, not only in our innovations and philosophy but also in our interactions with our customers.

“We are truly passionate about our systems and the ideology and only through working closely with our clients and partners will we arrive at the best solutions. That these customers have nominated us for this award enforces this belief. The fact we have won it, confirms it.”

Supplier of the Year is one of the most respected awards within the postal industry. It recognizes a company as a whole and the impact it has had on the industry over the last year. The judges consider factors such as investment and innovation in new technologies, work with postal operators, and impressive growth. The winner of the award is recognized as having played a major role in helping to improve the future of the postal industry.

As such, Prime Vision has been involved in a number of key innovations over the last year. In October 2016, a Reference Framework was launched to help guide postal operators looking to implement the Internet of Postal Things (IoPT). This guide provides direction on the application of systems such as track-and-trace capabilities, live re-direction and live collections and returns.

“It’s a really exciting area,” added Thans. “It fundamentally changes the way postal operators will think about their businesses, particularly in terms of the first- and last-mile operations. It will allow operators to plan their systems to react to what is happening in real time, as well as the possibility of generating new revenue through big data harvested during their day-to-day activities.”

The Sorting Center Innovation of the Year category is awarded to a single innovation or solution that has contributed best to improve the efficiency and quality of mail and parcel handling. Innovations in procedures such as automation, bulk handling, OCR and sorting center management, are criteria that are considered.

This year’s winner was the Projection Sorting solution, an original yet simple solution that Prime Vision developed together with PostNL and Genuin Engineering. Projection Sorting projects the destination roll cage number directly onto parcels, helping the handler to quickly recognize, prioritize and place them in the corresponding roll cage or container.

“Usually this process relies on the operator manually scanning barcodes or reading addresses, which can be slow, tedious and occasionally prone to error, contributing to potentially troublesome bottlenecks” explained Bernd van Dijk, innovation director at Prime Vision.

“This system not only greatly improves handling speed but also significantly reduces the number of errors. Within a modern work environment where many people fear technology and its implications, this is great example of how technology can help to make people’s jobs a little easier, releasing the pressure on what is often a very stressful role.”

October 11, 2017

Written by Daniel Symonds


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