Hongkong Post updates postal automation system

Hongkong Post, the postal administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and NEC Corporation have introduced a technology for reading and sorting addresses written in traditional Chinese characters. 

Th new function enables the automatic sorting and processing of up to 564,000 postal items with addresses written in traditional Chinese characters per hour. This helped improve Hongkong Post's operational efficiency and reduce the amount of time needed for processing.

In recent years, Hong Kong has witnessed a rise in the number of postal items addressed in traditional Chinese characters, which increased the need for automated sorting and processing of addresses written in traditional Chinese characters in addition to those handwritten or printed in English.

NEC has been doing business with the Hong Kong Post for approximately 30 years since the postal operator's introduction of a postal automation system in the latter half of the 1980s.

In Japan, domestic postal operators have also utilized a function for reading and sorting addresses written in Chinese characters as part of postal automation processing since the 1980s. The introduction of this function in Hong Kong was made possible by applying the knowhow NEC has developed in Japan over the years.

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