Parcel tracking for parcels to go is a service that has seen a real upsurge in the since the 1990′s. For parcels sent within the UK and for International delivery too. With the advent of GPS technology and digital mapping it has evolved to an amazing tool. Both for the delivery services themselves who have become able to streamline services and create greater efficiencies for you. But also for your peace of mind.
Having the ability to track your parcels brings you great peace of mind. In numerous ways too. You can feel good because you are able to see exactly where your package is at any given moment. Plus you can tell exactly when it has been delivered. Thanks to wireless technology it is possible for you to know the moment your parcel has been delivered. As well as to whom specifically.
The technology is itself relatively simple. With options ranging from the ubiquitous barcode, the matrix style barcode and RFID chips. The exact type used varying with carriers, goods value and type of service in use.
Barcodes are nothing new. They have been around for a very long time now. The simplicity of the technology is one of the things that has driven it. It is very easy now for an organisation to create its own barcoding system. Creating a computer database for cataloguing inventory, from where via a database driven system it becomes easy to track movements of every item.
The matrix style barcode is a somewhat newer version of the line barcode. Effectively it is the evolution of the barcode. Moving from sets of lines which varying in thickness, shifting to a grid of squares. The job done and technology it still much the same, requiring line of sight to function, it is inexpensive and easy to implement though.
Simple RFID chips are the more advanced option. They are effectively a sticker with metallic foil in a square coil on one side. Each RFID chip carries a specific and unique code. This is what enables them to be used effectively in parcel tracking services. Whilst they do require more advanced technology to read than barcodes there are sound reasons for the additional technology.
One major advantage is that they do not require line of sight to operate. Meaning that they can be easily scanned without flipping boxes and packages around to find the tag. Ideal if you are sending fragile goods, or ones that have to be kept upright.
Regardless of the manner in which your packages are tagged they all have to be scanned in ordered for tracking to be possible. The advent of hand held scanners made this an easy thing to achieve. With technological miniturisation enabling scanner to be reduced in size to incredibly portable devices.
Around the early 2000′s tracking was still only available at a depot level. With tracking possible from depot to depot, with delivery being updated after the event when the courier returned to base and synced their data with the main data hub.
As wireless technology has evolved this has led to an evolution of the service into tracking on a real time basis. 3G and then 4G technology have made it possible to place data transmitters within portable scanners. So as soon as parcels have been scanned through following a new event, e.g. courier taking possession or making delivery, the events are updated at the datahub. So you have the opportunity to know exactly where your parcel is every step of the way.
GPS has taken this to an even higher level. With GPS tracking now on most vehicles it has become possible via certain services to track the full in vehicle motion of goods you are sending. In that each package is coded to a specific vehicle, and each vehicle is uniquely coded this has become incredibly easy.
Parcel tracking services give you a far greater peace of mind for your parcels to go, hence such a strong reason to ensure the service you choose uses them.