Parascript, LLC, an image analysis and pattern recognition technology provider, today announced that PIN Berlin, one of the largest private postal services in Europe, has successfully implemented Böwe Bell + Howell’s SABRE Plus International with Parascript’s AddressScript CM for Germany. The integrated OCR solution allows PIN Berlin to automatically read over 94 percent of addresses on mail pieces. This includes 15 percent of handwritten addresses, resulting in over 30 percent savings per mail item over manual data entry (video coding).
PIN Berlin processes over 600,000 items per day in an eight hour time window. Of these, 250,000 pieces are processed on Böwe Bell + Howell’s Criterion sorting transport, which integrates Parascript’s AddressScript CM and Böwe Bell + Howell’s SABRE Plus OCR system. As a result of the integrated solution, the postal service provider has increased first pass finalization and has drastically reduced second pass video coding efforts, saving time and money.
“We are so pleased with the mail processing solution from Böwe Bell + Howell and Parascript and the results achieved that we plan to deploy the solution on all of our transports in 2010,” said Michael Beckman, operations manager for PIN Berlin.
“With the combination of advanced SABRE reading technology from Bowe Bell + Howell and Parascript’s machine and hand-print recognition software, we are able to respond to the needs of high-volume mailers and provide ideal scanning rates, for even the most illegibly printed addresses and sloppily addressed mail pieces. As a result, we have been able to significantly reduce first pass rejects and increase read rates,” said Wilfried Hahn, operations manager for BÖWE Systec GmbH, the firm servicing the sorters for PIN Berlin.
Parascript’s AddressScript CM (parascript.com) is a complete solution for automated address recognition that cross-validates the data on PIN Berlin mail pieces against postal databases, ensuring the highest accuracy and deliverability. AddressScript CM reads both handwritten and machine-print text, and recognizes addresses across the entire mail stream, including letters, flats and parcels.
“Parascript is committed to helping mailers around the world increase efficiency with the highest read rates available,” said Kaz Jaszczak, director of product planning and operations for Parascript. “Thanks to the high level of products and services and local support provided by BÖWE Systec GmbH, we can bring those benefits to high volume mailers in Germany.”
AddressScript CM is also available for France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.