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Prime Vision has released LogisticsMatch, an OCR solution developed for automated product handling. LogisticsMatch allows text in any language, a logo or any mark, whether it has been created by machine or by hand, to be automatically read and used to automate product handling. The information can be in virtually any contrasting colour and at any orientation. It is equally suited to simple product flow applications right through to complete logistical processes.

LogisticsMatch incorporates all the elements of Prime Vision's character and symbol recognition technology. This includes powerful region-of-interest finding, a signpost that tells the OCR software where to decode. Various help tools assist this process including an offline label identification tool that uses barcodes and other symbols or marks on the label as a guide. Multiple different label formats can be identified, providing a stable reference point to boost recognition.

The basic platform is highly cost competitive and the payback through productivity is predictably quick. This is complemented by improved quality levels thanks to typical read-rates of over 95 per cent.

LogisticsMatch can be supplied as a dynamic link library (DLL) for integration into an existing system or Prime Vision can build a complete turnkey solution tailored to the needs of the specific application. A turnkey solution includes all the hardware and software necessary to capture images from conveyor lines and other sorting systems. It then processes the images and sends the resulting data to the warehouse management system, host system or sorter.

Prime Vision can integrate additional modules from its product programme, including Key-IT video coding that allows data to be entered onto a warehouse management system in a fast, smart and efficient way. Identify-IT image archive and retrieval is another option that converts images into jpegs for additional quality control and for evidential use in damage claims. Further modules include Monitor-IT process management and reporting.

This technology has already been chosen by two major retailers in the UK and can be applied to a wide range of applications. In retail distribution for example LogisticsMatch can be used to automatically capture the quantity of goods handwritten on the casing or simply to update stock records. Or it can verify the price per kilogram of foodstuffs against the barcode.


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