Sweden Post, which handles 20 million pieces of mail daily, is to equip its drivers with interactive handheld computers from Intermec Technologies Corp. to provide real-time data capture during deliveries. The agreement includes 2,500 Intermec 761 ruggedised handheld computers and accessories, as well as vehicle-docking stations, chargers and holsters, and a comprehensive service and support package.
The 761, the third generation of Intermec's popular 700 Series, incorporates advanced wireless capabilities. Sweden Post drivers will use the Intermec 761 handheld computer in the field to communicate via GPRS directly with the Post logistics system. Each package will be scanned when it is loaded onto the delivery van and when it arrives at the customer. On delivery, the recipient will sign on the touch-screen to create an instant proof of delivery. The sender will be able to track the package online for up-to-the-minute information on the delivery status.
"We considered seven suppliers during the selection process and chose Intermec because it offered the strongest total solution," said John Viirman, project manager at the Post. "The new handheld computers make the delivery process more effective. When the system is in full operation by Spring 2006, it will enable us to have real-time visibility of each package in the transportation chain."