Business Card OCR
Do you receive a huge number of business cards at every convention? For nearly every working professional, contacts are the name of the game, and collecting business cards is essential for networking. But is it possible to keep track of all these pieces of cardboard and fancy paper? Yes, if you have a secretary who does this work for you by filing all your business cards somewhere or manually entering the information into a computer. But what if you could do the entire process yourself instantaneously? Business card OCR deals with the problem by handing you an almost instant recognition of the business card, allowing you to extract and upload the data into a database for easier storage and retrieval.
How the Process Works
For an office, you can choose to use the scanner that you routinely use to scan documents into your computer. If you want better images, you can use the high-quality professional OCR scanners that take extremely accurate pictures of your business cards. But once the scanning process is complete, you will require special Optical Character Recognition software that deals exclusively with business card recognition. Another advantage with the specialized software is that it deals only with the printing and fonts that are used commonly in business cards. This leads to an almost 99% accuracy of the scanned and uploaded documents.
New Breakthroughs in Business Card OCR Software
The technology is very simple and works the same way as it would work for OCR for large printed documents. But one overwhelming advantage with the business card OCR programs and software is that the scanners are fast and portable. There are several models present that deal with 100 cards in an hour's time. The entire process can be carried out just as you would feed paper into a Xerox machine. The latest variant of Business card OCR is using a mobile phone to take a digital picture of the business card and then using integrated business card software already present on the phone to create an electronic document on the phone.