UPS Going Wireless In $1B Worldport Facility - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

UPS Going Wireless In $1B Worldport Facility

United Parcel Service is spending $20 million to replace old scanners with Bluetooth-enabled devices.

With its peak delivery season behind it, United Parcel Service Inc. is investing in wireless technology for its new $1 billion Worldport air transportation hub at Louisville International Airport. Each of the 304,000 packages sorted per hour at the 4-million-square-foot facility must be scanned so that UPS can provide customers with accurate tracking data.

Beginning in June, UPS will start a $20 million project to replace wearable Symbol Technologies scanners at 1,700 hubs worldwide, including Worldport, with 55,000 devices that use Bluetooth wireless technology. Once each package is scanned, Worldport relies on a network of 4-way Intel-based fault-tolerant servers from Stratus Technologies to route data from the Louisville facility to back-end mainframes in Atlanta and Mahwah, N.J.

This system handles 6,000 messages per second and has to run at all times, says Donna Barrett, a manager at UPS. "If you can imagine an automated facility of that size, if that system went down the whole facility would stop," she says. The majority of UPS's packages come through Worldport, which is UPS's largest infrastructure investment in its 95-year history. A holiday outage would have left countless gifts on the facility's 122 miles of conveyor belts and many more parents crying in their cocoa on Christmas morning.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Slideshows
Top-Paying U.S. Cities for Data Scientists and Data Analysts
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/5/2019
Slideshows
10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/1/2019
Commentary
Study Proposes 5 Primary Traits of Innovation Leaders
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/8/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll