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Polish Post Completes RFID Testing at Distribution Center

ProxiGroup's UHF RFID system may next be installed across all distribution sites, in order to make parcel shipping more efficient, as well as boost customer satisfaction.
By Claire Swedberg

"All of these problems also have direct impact on the quality of service," Dulniak states, "[and] cause unnecessary loss of time." Therefore, he adds, the postal company investigated automated solutions. "Application solutions based on automatic identification technology, on shipments and registration of events, will allow the elimination of errors that occur when scanning bar codes."

ProxiGroup, according to Curtis Shull, the company's CEO, is a U.S.- and Europe-based technology company that sells computer-aided design (CAD)-driven, cloud-based software known as ProxiTrak, for use with Internet of Things (IoT) systems. The company boasts a solution that uses CAD site surveys to quickly set up its IoT-based RFID reader infrastructure, which is capable of providing real-time visibility into the zonal movement of tagged items. After agreeing to the pilot with Polish Post, Shull says, the firm was able to set up a system covering a large percentage of the distribution center, involving four readers and 16 antennas, during the course of only four days.

ProxiGroup's Curtis Shull
The installation consists of Alien Technology readers and antennas located at the receiving and shipping area, as well as zones to which parcels are routed. The postal company set high expectations for its accuracy testing. It wanted to ensure that the tags could be read no matter what materials were inside and around parcels, and that that it could see them moving in real time.

ProxiGroup attached Comex tags to a total of 1,000 parcels, ranging in size from 6 inches to several square feet, and containing objects made of metal, paper, liquids, wood and styrofoam. The technology company developed software that was loaded onto SATO RFID label printers, explains Aleksandra Sękowska, ProxiGroup's CFO. The printers encoded each bar-code's Universal Product Code (UPC) directly onto the Electronic Product Code (EPC) tag, so that an RFID tag read could be linked to the same data as a bar-code scan.

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