Speed cropThe speed of processing a Data Capture project is determined by the speed of the scanner, the recognition engine’s processing time, and the time required for manual verification and editing.

In Summary:

OMR scanners generally operate at about 36 pages per minute or faster. Due to the nature of Optical Mark Recognition this applies to both single sided and double sided forms. There is no “recognition engine” processing with OMR, so the data capture is “on the fly”. With OMR there’s less verification or editing required than the other technologies, hence OMR has the advantages of both accuracy and speed.

OCR technology requires an image scanner to capture the image of the form being processed. The system then passes the image to the recognition process where the recognition engine interprets each image character as digital text. This text is then passed to the verification process for verification and, if required, editing. OCR is dependent upon the speed of the scanner, as well as the processor speeds, but generally is slower than OMR, though faster than ICR.

ICR technology applies the same process as OCR, but uses an ICR engine to recognise the characters. The speed of processing is generally slower than OCR, and the amount of verification is much higher than both OMR and OCR. This makes ICR the slowest of the three processes. However, it’s advantage is that it has the highest level of flexibility than the other technologies.

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