How to Quickly Explain OCR to Your Boss
So you’ve decided to integrate mobile OCR for your use case. That’s a great start. You’ll soon see improvements in your processes or increased engagement in your marketing campaign. But what if you need to convince your boss that mobile OCR really is going to make the difference? Are you ready to explain OCR?
You should get all the fact firsts. OCR is simple to explain but the real power of mobile OCR, such as Anyline, goes much further. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand and explain mobile OCR to anyone, including your boss!
What are the Basics of OCR?
What Does OCR Mean?
OCR stands for optical character recognition. The most basic explanation for what that means is:
“Technology that can read text and numbers.”
Mobile OCR does a little bit more than this but it’s a good starting point. You can use OCR to scan handwritten or printed text, and then turn it into a digital output such as a PDF or text file. More importantly, your scanned text and numbers will become machine readable. Once your text or code becomes machine readable, it can be interpreted by computers.
How Does it Work?
There are numerous ways to perform OCR. If you’re considering a mobile solution, such as Anyline, then you can probably guess that your mobile device’s camera is involved.
To put it simply, you point your device camera at your scan target and Anyline takes care of the rest. Our mobile OCR relies on a neural network to process and interpret the characters you want it to recognize.
A neural network is a form of artificial intelligence that can be trained to perform certain tasks. Anyline’s neural network is designed to correctly identify all written characters. Anyline’s neural network can scan and record text much faster than a human and is more accurate over multiple scans.
Of course, the simple version of this for your boss or other team members is:
“It uses a mobile device’s camera to read your text or code.”
What Do We Do with the Scans?
After giving a basic explanation of what OCR is and how it works, the only part of the puzzle left to explain is your scan data.
If your process already involves collecting data, this part is easy. You can collect your scan data directly after a scan is performed and replace your previous reporting process with mobile OCR. If you’re adding scanning to your processes, there are a number of benefits that scanning has over manual data entry.
- Scanning is fast. Scanning and uploading your data can be 20 times faster than manual data reporting and entry
- Scanning is more accurate. Mobile devices never get tired or confused when scanning so none of your readings will be misreported. They offer the same level of scanning quality on a consistent basis. Anyline’s scan quality is 99% under laboratory conditions.
- Scanning with Anyline is secure. While not all mobile OCR solutions can offer secure scanning as a standard feature, Anyline does. None of your scan data needs to be uploaded for processing and you can even perform scans offline.
How Can it Help your Business?
Once you explain the nuts and bolts of what OCR is, you may still be required to explain how it will improve business. And depending on your industry, the reasons may vary.
If you need to scan license plates, you can explain how mobile OCR is the perfect tool for scanning from any location, day or night. If you need to scan passports, let your boss know that Anyline lets you scan offline for increased security.
You can adapt Anyline for other industries too. Here are some of the general benefits that your boss should know about.
Anyline works on the majority of Android and all iOS devices. You can use your own phone as a scanner rather than spending money on dedicated scanners and the training to use them.
You can easily style the Anyline SDK to match the look and feel of your app. This will help to create a seamless user experience within your product.
You can also use Anyline in all conditions. This is thanks to the offline scanning mode and the torch access function that are built-in to Anyline apps. You can try scanning the utility meter in your basement or cellar to see for yourself.
Mobile OCR can do more than just improve your processes. You can use it to position yourself as an innovation leader within your industry. Anyline’s mobile OCR is cutting edge technology and offers a brand new experience to your users.
You can also use Anyline to gather information on user behavior. This will help you to learn about your customers and how to create a positive user experience for them.
Best of all, Anyline is reliable. We pride ourselves on providing a solution that never quits and works for as many use cases as possible. You can check out our demo apps if you want to get a taste of what to expect.
Anyline is a Gartner Cool Vendor
Gartner, the world wide research institute famous for creating the hype cycle model to predict the maturity of emerging technologies, named Anyline as a Cool Vendor for supply chain execution in 2018.
Gartner Cool Vendors exist across all major areas of technology innovation. Those that stand out, do so because they offer some disruptive capability or opportunity. Anyline has been listed as a Cool Vendor because of their mobile OCR technology. This technology is backed by artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide the most accurate scan possible.
“This is a huge success for us. Gartner are one of the best known research institutes in the tech industry. Their work on the “Magic Quadrant” and the “Hype Cycle” have helped to guide companies for years. Growing enterprises around the world rely on the analysis and reports they provide to choose only the best service providers. To be recognized by them is to receive the gold standard of approval within our field.”
– Anyline CEO, Lukas Kinigadner.
Anyline was recognized by Gartner because our technology supports the digitization of all kinds of data. By removing typing and manual data entry from everyday processes, you can save time, money and resources while also improving your data quality.
Test Your Use Case with the Anyline OCR Scanner App
You can test Anyline’s mobile scanning technology for yourself with our demo App. The Anyline OCR Scanner is a free app available on the App Store and Google Play that will help you to assess your scanning use cases. It includes more than 10 scanning solutions, works offline and has a +99% scan accuracy!
Check it out now and discover the potential to streamline your processes and services with your smartphone!
Try it for Yourself – Start Your Free Anyline Demo Now
Anyline’s mobile scanning technology is available to integrate with your mobile app as a cross-platform SDK. Test out our fully supported solutions on Android, iOS and Windows devices today. Download our SDK and begin your 30-day free trial to see how mobile scanning can revolutionize your services and processes!
The SDK demo includes access to all of the following solutions:
- License plate scanning
- Passport MRZ scanning
- Utility meter scanning
- Serial number scanning
- Document scanning
- Driving license scanning
- And more!
Don’t see a solution for your scanning use case? Get in touch now to discuss your solution!
START SCANNING TODAY WITH ANYLINE
Save time and money with mobile scanning from Anyline. You can improve your customer experience, enhance security and upgrade data capture quality all at the same time. Our technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide you with a fast and accurate scanning solution.
You can download our free SDK and begin your 30-day trial today. Integrate it with your own app and test your serial scanning use case.
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