CVISION’s Trapeze represents a software package that meets these requirements. Out-of- the-box, Trapeze offers 90% field-level accuracy in IDR applications. It can also be used for traditional, template-based forms processing. And in both cases, the software can utilize information entered by data entry operators to increase its accuracy over time.
CVISION brings a unique background to automated data capture. Its legacy as a document compression specialist has enabled it to develop some strong image processing techniques, which enable Trapeze to produce cleaner text than most applications, which increases the accuracy of OCR/ICR. CVISION has also developed Expert Systems, or sets of rules, around specific capture applications that enable its customers to get their systems up in and running in a minimal amount of time.
Tests have shown that Trapeze is 10-15% more accurate, on a word-level, than a leading OCR/ICR application. This means that CVISION customers can potentially reduce their data entry requirements an additional 10-15% over what they could with competitive software. For an organization with 10 to 15 key-entry personnel, this equates to the reduction of one full-time employee. Increased accuracy also has other benefits, like reducing downstream data mistakes, which can often be expensive to fix, especially in markets dealing with financial transactions.
CVISION’s high accuracy is due in part to its ability to leverage the mixed raster content (MRC) methodology it developed for image compression. MRC involves separating the textual elements of document images from the graphics and the background. This enables each segment of a document to be compressed with different technology to create optimal file sizes while maintaining image quality.
Being able to successfully separate text can be utilized to produce a cleaner set of data to feed an OCR/ ICR engine. This is especially helpful for low-contrast images, on which the text is not readily discernible from the background, and noisy images, which might include mark-ups and background information like watermarks.
Trapeze's Color Advantage
CVISION’s experience compressing color images also gives Trapeze unique advantages over other image processing technologies, which primarily work with bi-tonal or gray scale images. Being able to leverage the greater amount of data included in color enables Trapeze to make more informed decisions, which can prove especially valuable when dealing with certain types of low contrast images— like those where the text and background may be different shades of the same color.
And with color document scanners now priced equally with black-and-white models, there is little reason for users not to take advantage of color.
Trapeze's Image Advantage
CVISION also has strong technology in the areas of deskewing, image de-warping, and pattern recognition that can be valuable in data capture applications. Deskewing is the ability to straighten out images and data so they can be recognized correctly. De-warping involves normalizing areas of an image that may be stretched or otherwise deformed due to the way the image was captured. CVISION’s pattern recognition expertise was honed through its work with JBIG2 compression. In an OCR/ICR application, it can be leveraged to increase the recognition rates of handwritten characters.
CVISION’s Trapeze represents a powerful and accurate automated data capture platform that can be utilized to significantly reduce data capture and document processing costs. Out-of-the-box, with little customization, Trapeze can produce higher than industry-standard accuracy rates on a variety of document types. This includes structured forms like order forms, surveys, and tax returns, as well as semi-structured forms like invoices, transcripts, patient records, and financial transaction documents.
CVISION’s template-less approach to semi-structured forms and its Expert Systems modules, which include application-specific intelligence, enable Trapeze to be set up in a matter of days or weeks, vs. competitive applications, which often require months of custom- ization. And CVISION’s advanced image processing techniques enable Trapeze to produce results that are 10-15% more accurate that than those of leading OCR engines. This combination of high accuracy and ease-of-setup makes Trapeze a compelling application for most automated document and data capture requirements and enables it, in most cases, to provide a return-on-investment, in well less than a year.