Powerful imaging hardware and recognition software provide image capture and processing for postal applications

JANUARY 15--Symagery Microsystems Inc. (Ottawa, Canada; www.symagery.com) recently announced an agreement with Siemens Dematic Postal Automation L.P. (www.pa.siemens-dematic.com/usa/press/pr/) to supply Symagery's Megalift image-reader system for integration into Siemens Dematic's hand-held address reader, the Anywhere Imager.

JANUARY 15--Symagery Microsystems Inc. (Ottawa, Canada; www.symagery.com) recently announced an agreement with Siemens Dematic Postal Automation L.P. (www.pa.siemens-dematic.com/usa/press/pr/) to supply Symagery's Megalift image-reader system for integration into Siemens Dematic's hand-held address reader, the Anywhere Imager. The Anywhere Imager is a new technology for capturing and interpreting data from mail pieces and generating a barcode to be affixed to the mail piece for further downstream mail processing. The Anywhere Imager is used for applications such as reject mail processing, low-volume mail processing, point of receipt, track and trace, and image capture. The system is applicable to all mail types, including letters, flats, parcels, and nonmachineable items.

Symagery's MegaLift is designed for applications where customers demand superior resolution, low noise, and minimal crosstalk to perform image lift and address-reading functions. A high-speed USB v.2 connection to the host PC provides robust image transfer in approximately 100 ms for postprocessing applications such as optical character recognition (OCR/ICR), handwriting recognition, and barcode decoding. The MegaLift is a hand-held megapixel image reader that can deliver such a high transfer rate.

The Anywhere Imager provides mail-processing customers with a cost-effective method of streamlining their manual processes and preparing mail for integration into downstream automation processes. With a click of the Anywhere Imager's trigger switch, the Megalift camera lifts and transfers a high-resolution 6 x4-in. image area from a mail piece to a desktop personal computer or laptop equipped with Siemens Dematic's SSP+, its latest-generation OCR software engine. The address information is interpreted, and a 5- or 11-digit ZIP code result is provided. The result information is then sent to a label printer to produce a POSTNET barcode that can be affixed to the mail piece.

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