Printer Friendly

UPS UNVEILS NEW CODING TECHNOLOGY, HAND-HELD COMPUTER FOR DRIVERS

 ATLANTA, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- United Parcel Service (UPS) unveiled two major technology advancements today, including a new two-dimensional machine readable code that dramatically improves current bar code technology. The new symbology, announced today at the COMDEX technology trade show in Las Vegas, is freely available to the public for use outside of UPS.
 Named MaxiCode, the symbology can replace the one-dimensional bar code labels that businesses currently use to identify packages and maintain information about their products. The one-inch-by-one-inch symbology can contain 100 characters of data, considerably more information than possible with typical bar codes.
 UPS has also developed an overhead reader that decodes both bar codes and MaxiCodes. It is designed to read labels on packages moving as fast as 500 feet per minute, as well as multiple labels on different sized packages from a fixed position.
 "MaxiCode will help speed up, streamline and set the standard for commerce," said Gene Hughes, UPS vice president for strategic technology planning.
 The Automatic Identification Manufacturers Association has agreed to develop and publish a Uniform Symbology Specification for MaxiCode and discussions are being held to license the MaxiCode reader designs.
 In other news, the company introduced a new hand-held computer for its drivers that is more compact, powerful and efficient than the Delivery Information Acquisition Device (DIAD) currently being used. UPS drivers use the new DIAD II scanners to enter address and package information on bar-coded parcels and its stylus to record customer signatures. UPS is the only package delivery company to electronically capture both package information and a signature.
 The delivery information is transmitted over UPS's nationwide mobile cellular system to the company's telecommunications network and into the UPS data center, where it is available immediately to shippers.
 "Our DIAD already gave us and our customers speed and reliability," said Frank Erbrick, UPS senior vice president of Information Services. "Improving technology has enabled us to build an even better package tracking tool."
 With annual revenues of $16.5 billion and a delivery volume of 2.94 billion packages in 1992, UPS is the world's largest package distribution company.
 -0- 11/15/93
 /CONTACT: Pat Steffen of United Parcel Service, 404-913-6684; or Judi Mackey, 212-704-8110, or Gillian Neff, or 212-704-8270, both of Edelman Public Relations/


CO: United Parcel Service ST: Georgia IN: TRN SU: PDT

GK-SH -- NY094 -- 4462 11/15/93 13:12 EST
COPYRIGHT 1993 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1993 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Nov 15, 1993
Words:392
Previous Article:ASSET INVESTORS REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
Next Article:AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP, INC. DECLARES QUARTERLY COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND
Topics:

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters