Innovative package tracking on the wayBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
June 24. 2018 10:45PM
STRATHAM — Position Imaging Inc. has inked a deal with Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. to manufacture a package tracking system designed to improve efficiency and delivery.
Headquartered in Stratham, Position Imaging develops tracking technologies and celebrated its latest advancement Friday afternoon with representatives from global technology firm Hitachi-LG Data Storage, state and local elected officials, and Rokuichiro Michii, Consul General of Japan in New England.
“It’s a big day for us,” said Ned Hill, Position Imaging founder and chief executive officer.
Hitachi-LG Data Storage, which is based in Tokyo, will manufacture Position Imaging’s Amoeba product line, which includes the company’s computer vision system and radio-tracking Real Time Location System. The systems work together to provide real-time visibility of the location and movement of packages, assets and personnel.
“We can literally watch packages go from hub all the way to your house, knowing exactly where that package is the entire time without putting anything on the package. We can track people moving them. We can track them when they go into a package room,” Hill said.
The company has also developed a system called Smart Package Room, where a delivery driver can scan a package and place it in a room to wait for the customer to pick it up through a self-service system. The customer gets notified that the package has arrived and then shows up and is given a personal identification number, which is put into a kiosk. A laser light then circles the package on a shelf because the system knows exactly where the package is located.
“You just take it. Confirm you took the right one, and then you leave and that’s it,” Hill said.
The accurate, real-time data throughout the shipping process will improve efficiency and delivery service for couriers, retailers, customers and suppliers, Hill said.
The system is being used in several New York City luxury apartment buildings and will soon be used by a large retail stores, a courier company and other businesses, he said. A national big box retailer also plans to try the system, he said.
The product will be produced at a manufacturing facility in Malaysia.
“I am very glad to be part of (the) innovative Amoeba product line of package tracking system,” said Hitachi-LG Data Storage CEO Young Keung Park.