Enterprise mobility firm Symbol Technologies has been selected by China Post to supply RFID technology to track express mail bags within the postal district of Shanghai.
Symbol says RFID technology has been successfully deployed in the Shanghai Post Express Mail Service (EMS) operations, and is part of an on-going national pilot project co-sponsored by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology to validate the benefits of RFID within China Post’s operations.
Symbol’s RFID technology enables Shanghai Post to automatically track the status of mail bags en route from individual post offices to various collection and sortation centers within Shanghai. The current process of tracking the mail bags involves bar coded tags, which, while reliable, does require some manual intervention.
The primary goal of this pilot was to validate the use of RFID in terms of productivity gains leading to faster delivery services to our customers, said Liangan Chen, VP of Shanghai Post. During this project we successfully proved that we can greatly improve our postal bag processing productivity over the current barcode system with nearly 100% accuracy.
Utilizing Symbol’s reusable RFID tags, XR400 RFID fixed readers, area antennas, and MC9000 mobile computers, mailbags can be automatically tracked, reducing the time it takes to complete the processing cycle.
This will have significant operational improvements and cost savings for China Post when the RFID solution is implemented across all the provinces in China, continued Mr Chen.