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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sorting letters to get quicker

HYDERABAD: To sort out mail quickly, the postal department (India Post) will set up its state-of-the art automatic mail processing centre (AMPC) at Pedda Golkonda village near Shamshabad. The integrated facility will sort out letters and parcels at a central place.

On Monday, Union minister of state for communication & information technology Killi Kruparani visited a three-acre site where the AMPC would be built at a cost of Rs 40 crores over a period of two years. Hyderabad would become the third city in the country after Mumbai and Chennai to have an AMPC.

The AMPC would have two machines, one for sorting letters and another for large size articles. The letter sorting machine (LSM) would have the capacity to sort about 35,000 letters per hour, while the mixed mail sorting (MMS) machine could handle 20,000 articles per hour. In Andhra Pradesh Circle, 20 lakh mails are handled daily, with 8.2 lakh of mail pieces handled in Hyderabad city alone.

Another uniqueness feature of these machines is the latest optical character recognition (OCR)-Video Coding System (VCS) that can read address written on mail and sort them to the correct destination.

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