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SIEMENS: Powering Postal Automation Systems with .NET

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As a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, Siemens has always been synonymous with technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. Today, as an integrated technology company, bundling the comprehensive expertise of the entire organization, Siemens is supporting customers in some 190 countries with innovative, made-to--measure solutions from a single source.

Specifically, the Industry Mobility Infrastructure Logistics Business Unit is the world leader in mail processing solutions, including innovations in optical character recognition and postal logistics. The company is represented on all continents with production facilities, sales and service organizations, representatives and service centers.

Of the many projects and products created by the Siemens engineers, the two discussed here are ARTread™ and DPR™.  ARTread is the next generation OCR Reading technology optimized to process mailipece images in order to gather all the details from the envelope face for a wide variety of mailpiece types.  The product uses some of the latest Microsoft technology to produce a configurable and flexible GUI for the user experience.  DPR is a product that is being produced to work in conjunction with other Siemens address readers to enhance the accept rate and lower the error rate of address interpretation.  It performs this through a collection of specialized “agents” that are optimized to process specific components of an address, and then working in conjunction, produce a result with a very high degree of accuracy.

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