FORT MILL, S.C., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that the U.S. Postal Service has deployed more than 5,000 Honeywell handheld computers to postal workers as the organization expands its parcel tracking network.
The USPS has deployed Honeywell’s CN51 rugged handheld computers to expand its Surface Visibility program, which allows the organization to internally track packages throughout the parcel pickup, sorting and delivery process. The devices allow workers at processing locations as well as drivers to scan and capture data about incoming and outgoing parcels, providing the USPS with greater visibility into where parcels are in its system.
“As consumers continue to expect fast, accurate delivery, the Postal Service needs to know the exact location of all of its parcels throughout the entire mail process,” said Lisa London, president of Honeywell’s Productivity Products business. “By incorporating Honeywell’s mobile computing and scanning technology, the USPS gains better visibility into its operational performance and can use that data to make more informed decisions to improve customer service.”
The CN51 mobile device is designed for rugged, outdoor environments. It features a large, multi-touch screen with powerful motion tolerance and support for omnidirectional 1D and 2D barcode scanning. The mobile device can withstand multiple five-foot drops to concrete and has an IP64 seal rating against rain and dust.
The USPS is expanding its Surface Visibility program to 113 locations as well as 58 temporary facilities being used to accommodate increased holiday volume.
Honeywell has a strong legacy of supporting the USPS with mobile technology to help make drivers more productive and provide greater visibility into its transportation network. In 2014, the USPS deployed more than 270,000 Honeywell mobile computers to its postal delivery workers as part of a separate program designed to help customers track their mail and packages. The USPS honored Honeywell with a Supplier Excellence Award based on the collaboration and teamwork for the 2014 program.