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Motorola Inc. has announced that Correos y Telegrafos, one of Europes largest national postal services, has chosen Motorolas Enterprise Mobility solution as the platform to deliver seamless data communications across its mobile postal workforce.

The Company is investing in more than 7,000 MC75 Enterprise Digital Assistants (EDAs) and a wireless LAN infrastructure from Motorola to meet its vision for mobile data capture, delivering cost savings and improvements in customer response, while also giving it the ability to introduce and integrate new products and services.

Correos agreement with Motorola involves equipping the companys mobile workers with rugged handheld computers in cooperation with Siemens, working through its local distributor Diode. Siemens has designed a mobile application which will enable Correos to improve access to real-time business-critical information on the move; driving efficiency and helping the company to continue providing a leading-edge postal service to its customers.

The Spanish postal service operator has a long-standing relationship with Motorola. Correos has been investing in the latest data capture technology for a number of years, having installed radio frequency identification (RFID) from Motorola throughout 2006. In addition, the Company has an installed base of over 10,000 scanners which have been purchased and integrated over the course of the last decade. This latest deal for 7,000 MC75 EDAs, and the associated RFS7000 and AP5131 Wireless network equipment, marks the most recent development in the ongoing relationship between the two market-leading organizations.

We have chosen Motorola for its advanced technological leadership and the comprehensive solution that offers Correos not only the MC75 as the handheld for the postman, but also the WLAN equipment and the mobility software management platform, said Alberto Yage, Correos mobility solutions project director.

The advantages of Motorolas solution stems from the real-time access to information which will allow delivery staff to optimize their delivery routes, capture activities as they occur and allow their customers to view exactly what is happening in the delivery chain.

Connecting the vast mobile workforces of Europes national postal providers is the leading trend we see in the postal services market, stated David Picton, Motorola EMEA director for postal industry solutions. National companies face the combined challenges of de-regulation, increased competition from express couriers and ever-more demanding consumers from the online retail generation.

The MC75 EDA integrates 3G (HSDPA) voice and data communications, data capture, location information (GPS) and image recording on one single device, which reduces capital expenses and support costs. Creating products that support leading-edge technologies, like 3G, helps ensure that Motorola products have a long, viable life-cycle improving the ROI for the customer while providing gains in efficiency and productivity. Additionally, the rugged device is built especially to withstand everyday usage in the sorting centre or on the road, which reduces operational and service costs to minimise the total cost of ownership.

To fully realize the capabilities of the MC75 EDAs and RFID scanners, Correos selected Motorolas innovative wireless LAN solution, which involves scaling to more than 4000 adaptive AP-5131 wireless access points (AP) connected to a cluster of RFS7000 wireless switches offering a highly reliable WLAN network to deliver secure and reliable coverage across their facilities. The adaptive APs can be controlled with a wireless switch to enable central management from the NOC and, in the event of loss of connectivity, resume functionality as standalone access points, ensuring service is always maintained. Motorolas AP-5131 access points fully support mesh networking, leveraging self-assembling and self-healing capabilities to ensure that changes in the environment are always taken into account, the network maintains the most efficient configuration at any point in time, and network management is simplified and hassle-free.

Connecting the postal business, from initial consignment to last mile delivery, is the only way to maximise the doorstep advantage the critical customer interface in this extremely competitive and vibrant sector, confirmed Javier Prez, Motorolas country sales manager for Spain. We are very pleased that Correos and Siemens vision is so well-aligned with Motorolas.

 

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