USPS rolls out 5,000 Honeywell CN51s

The US Postal Service (USPS) is now using more than 5,000 Honeywell CN51 handheld computers as part of its ‘Surface Visibility’ parcel tracking programme.

The devices used by USPS allow workers at processing locations and drivers to scan and capture data in regard incoming and outgoing parcels.

In a statement issued on Wednesday 16th November, Lisa London, president of Honeywell’s Productivity Products business, said: “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.

“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 device being used by USPS is designed for rugged, outdoor environments. The system features a large, multi-touch screen and powerful motion tolerance as well as support for omnidirectional 1D and 2D barcode scanning. The computer can withstand multiple five foot drops 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 track record of working with USPS. In 2014, for example, USPS deployed more than 270,000 Honeywell mobile computers to its postal delivery workers as part of a separate programme designed to help customers track their mail and packages.

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