3 Ways to Improve Your Business with Number Plate Scanning
Number plate scanning is a streamlined process that offers multiple benefits to businesses. Its power is magnified when brought to mobile applications for your customers and workforce. With Mobile OCR, they can perform mobile number plate scans at any location. The ability to perform accurate and agile scans has been used to reduce costs, improve workflows and increase data quality in a number of use cases.
On top of that, it’s easy to use and can be quickly integrated with your existing internal and customer-facing apps. You can get started with mobile number plate scanning with a free trial from Anyline.
If you want to learn more, check out these 3 ways to improve your business with number plate scanning.
1. Improve Data Quality and Streamline Data Collection
One of the primary uses of Anyline’s number plate scanning technology is data collection in parking control processes. Until now, most parking control agents have manually recorded license plates with a paper and pen.
While a paper and pen is generally accepted as a reliable method of data collection in this context, human error will occur at some point in this process. There are simply too many factors that can introduce human error into your processes for your data quality to be perfect. Manual writing errors are the main source of inaccurate data. Other factors that can cause human error include fatigue, stress, poor light sources or even poor weather conditions.
Anyline records and scans license plates 20 times faster than a human. Not only that, in laboratory settings, it has 99+% scan accuracy. This means your workforce will be able to scan more license plates in less time and with improved quality. With mobile OCR, your workforce can point their mobile device at their target license plate and scan it in seconds for perfect results. Anyline works in all light and weather conditions so no human error can infiltrate your processes.
Anyline also works without an internet connection. No scan data is ever sent to the cloud for processing. All processing takes place on your device for improved security. However, once your scan has been processed, it can easily be transferred to your server or backend.
This streamlines your data collection processes as it removes the need for your workforce to perform manual data entry. This eliminates the second stage of your number plate processes where human error can decrease data quality. In addition, it saves your workforce time so they can concentrate more on their primary tasks.
By using mobile OCR from Anyline to scan license plates, you can improve the quality of your data. Poor quality data costs companies millions of dollars every year. A study by Royal Mail in the UK suggests that poor data quality costs businesses up to 6% of their annual revenue. In parking control use cases and similar processes, Anyline’s mobile OCR is guaranteed to give you improved results and avoid these losses.
2. Make Your Workforce and Customer Base More Agile
When dealing with a large fleet of cars or commercial vehicles, it’s important to allow your workforce and customers to be agile. Improved agility can lead to smoother processes within your company and increased revenue.
Car rental staff can keep track of all vehicles within their fleet with mobile OCR. By scanning number plates, they can register cars as rented or designate them for maintenance and repairs.
On top of this, Anyline’s offline scanning function provides you with the perfect tool to improve agility for your workforce. Offline scanning means you can perform scans anywhere. This includes parking garages, rural locations or any other places without a reliable internet connection. Your workforce can upload scan data to your company backend once they regain internet signal.
This increased agility allows your workforce to provide high quality customer service and maintain accurate data about your fleet of vehicles with minimal effort.
Customers can also use mobile scanning to their advantage. Mobile scanning of number plates and official documents like passports and IDs mean that they can now rent cars from almost any location. By integrating Anyline in your mobile car rental app, customers can scan and upload number plate details to register the car they want. Once they’ve registered their car of choice, they can then scan their driver’s license to register themselves as the driver. This ease of access will improve your onboarding processes in an instant.
The integration of Anyline within your customer app is sure to position your company as an innovative market leader. As more and more services move to mobile devices, it’s important to take advantage of the latest mobile technology to stay competitive. Anyline makes use of the latest machine learning and computer vision innovations to stay at the forefront of mobile OCR.
3. Learn More About Your Customer’s Behavior
Understanding customer habits has always been crucial for businesses. You can learn a lot from simple data related to the processes in your business. By including mobile scanning in your processes, you will gain a new layer of data that reflects actions at crucial onboarding points in your customer journey. This gives you scope to identify and improve both strong and weak points in your acquisition funnels.
Mobile scanning lets you see how many actions are performed within a process, when the actions were performed and where the action was performed. This is all critical information that can help you to identify the type of customers you have. With this information at hand, it should be much easier to improve your acquisition and revenue streams.
Gathering data on customer behavior will also benefit the design of your app as you will be able to identify positive and negative changes within your UX. By monitoring the number of scans you process on a regular basis, you will be able to detect a decrease or increase in scans following changes to your mobile UX. With number plate scans being the primary or secondary action of your processes, they are a strong indicator as to how customers perceive your app and it’s design.
In addition, mobile OCR from Anyline has a range of features to improve the user experience of mobile scanning. Scanning is easy to accomplish and in-app warnings and haptic feedback can guide your customers to successfully complete onboarding processes.
It’s essential to understand that Anyline digitizes user actions that were once performed manually. This brings you closer to understanding your customer’s behavior and using that knowledge to your advantage.
License Plate Scanning in Action – The Porsche Leipzig Story
While parking control and car rental management are two of the most mobile-ready use cases in the automotive industry, there are some stand out use cases that should be considered.
Porsche Leipzig is a facility with a primary focus on the production of Cayenne, Panamera and Macan cars. It’s also home to the Porsche Customer Centre. This centre provides an intimate customer experience that brings customers closer to Porsche cars and the brand as a whole.
They wanted to improve this experience with augmented reality so customers could learn even more about their favorite cars and how they were designed. Anyline helped them to achieve this by letting visitors scan license plates in order to access this augmented reality experience.
Visitors can download an app on their phone and scan a license plate the same way as a parking control officer or car rental agent. Once they scan their target license plate, all the critical information about the car their examining is displayed to them on their own mobile device.
This is a great example of how number plate scanning can be linked with other processes to create a fun and interactive experience for customers.
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!
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Mobile scanning helps you bridge the gap between your analog and digital data. You can optimize time-intensive processes and remove redundant tasks from the daily routine of your business in an instant.
Talk to the Anyline team today and find out how you can save time & money with mobile text recognition technology. Our license plate scanning solutions are fully supported and ready for deployment in your app!
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