A Worldwide RFID Network: 10 Years of RFID in Postal Services (RFID Europe 2007)

Mr Ross Hinds, Director, Operations & Technology
IPC - International Post Corporation, Belgium
Sep 18, 2007.


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Presentation Summary

  • Postal services measure letter service performance using active RFID tags in test letters
  • For international mail, RFID readers are linked in a worldwide network run by IPC from Brussels
  • The technology has been in use for over 10 years (since 1996) and has been upgraded continuously since, with the RFID tag at generation 6.
  • This is probably the largest international RFID network in the world. The intellectual property is owned by IPC on behalf of the postal services.

Speaker Biography (Ross Hinds)

Ross Hinds is Director Operations & Technology at the International Post Corporation (IPC). He is responsible for ensuring the delivery of high performance international mail services and for the information technology infrastructure required to achieve this. Prior to coming to IPC he was with An Post in Ireland where he held a variety of the top management positions as Assistant Chief Executive with responsibility at different times for mail and retail operations, marketing, information technology, business planning, purchasing, property, transport, license collection services, and security. During his career before that he worked as an Information Technology Specialist, a Telecommunications Engineer, and as a secondary school teacher. He is a former Chairman of the Irish Computer Society and lectured for 10 years on Database Technology at Trinity College, Dublin. He is a physics graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and a member of ACM and IEEE Computer Society.

Company Profile (International Post Corporation (IPC))

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The International Post Corporation (IPC) is a co-operative association of 24 members who are national postal and logistics companies from major countries in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. Our members handle 80% of the world's postal traffic, employ more than 2.3 million people, and have a combined turnover of €180 billion. IPC's corporate mission is to be recognised as the natural partner and industry organisation for improving service quality, promoting cooperation and interoperability and for providing informed analysis on postal and adjacent markets. Our members' business represents mail, parcels, express, logistics, retail and banking services.
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