What Is OCR?

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Optical character recognition (OCR) technology automates data extraction from printed or written text from a scanned document or image file and then converting the text into a machine-readable form to be used for data processing like editing or searching.

When integrating OCR technology with the help of ISSI, your business can reduce costs, accelerate processes, and more.

OCR Solutions: Improving Information Accessibility

A common application of OCR technology is the automated conversion of an image based PDF, TIFF or JPG into a text based machine-readable file. OCR-processed digital files, such as receipts, contracts, invoices, financial statements and more, can be:

  • Searched from a large repository to find the correct document
  • Viewed with search capability within each document
  • Edited when corrections need to be made
  • Repurposed with extracted text sent to other systems

Benefits of Automated OCR Capabilities For Data Entry

Businesses that employ OCR capabilities to convert images and PDFs (typically originating as scanned paper documents) save time and resources that would otherwise be necessary to manage unsearchable data. Once transferred, OCR-processed textual information can be used by businesses more easily and quickly.

The benefits of OCR technology to businesses operations and workflows include:

  • Elimination of manual data entry
  • Resource savings due to the ability to process more data faster and with fewer resources
  • Error reductions
  • Reallocation of physical storage space
  • Improved productivity

The Value of Data Classification & Capture Solutions

OCR capabilities is only one aspect of a data capture solution. Data can be extracted from documents in many different formats—hand printed text (ICR), check boxes (OMR), bar codes, etc.

Robust data capture solutions handle multiple document formats and can be used with both electronic and paper documents, eliminating paper and reducing manual identification and data entry of document content into other systems.

By employing OCR technology within a data capture solution, businesses can:

  • Reduce costs
  • Accelerate processes
  • Automate document routing and content processing
  • Centralize and secure data
  • Improve service by ensuring employees have the most up-to-date, accurate information when they need it

Get Started With OCR

If you’re looking to reduce the need for manual document sorting and data entry, contact the ISSI team today.

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