NEC Updates Postal Automation System for Hong Kong Post

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Tokyo, Japan

NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that it has introduced a function for reading and sorting addresses written in traditional Chinese characters to the postal automation systems operated by Hong Kong Post, the postal administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

Postal automation system inside the Central Mail Centre

In recent years, Hong Kong has witnessed a rise in the number of postal items addressed in traditional Chinese characters. This has in turn boosted the need for automated sorting and processing of addresses written in traditional Chinese characters in addition to those handwritten or printed in English.

This new function has been introduced to 15 systems delivered to Hong Kong Post by NEC on several occasions since 2008 that are currently in operation at the Central Mail Centre in Kowloon Bay. The introduction of this function enables the automatic sorting and processing of up to 564,000 postal items with addresses written in traditional Chinese characters per hour, thereby contributing to the improvement of Hong Kong Post’s operational efficiency.

NEC has been doing business with Hong Kong Post for approximately 30 years since the postal operator’s introduction of a postal automation system in the latter half of the 1980s. The introduction of this function was made possible by the high acclaim NEC has received over the years for its achievements and technological capabilities.

NEC began developing its postal automation system business in 1961, and has since then delivered systems to postal operators in more than 50 countries around the world. In Japan, domestic postal operators have utilized a function for reading and sorting addresses written in Chinese characters as part of postal automation processing since the 1980s. The introduction of this function by Hong Kong Post was made possible by applying the wealth of knowhow NEC has developed in Japan over the years in reading and sorting addresses written in Chinese characters. Moreover, it has resulted in increased efficiency and a reduction in the amount of time needed for processing.

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