Data Management Solutions
Data is an integral part of the operations of any enterprise. It is generated not even on a daily basis, but sometimes on a hourly basis and virtually every working day of the enterprise. Decisions are made on data, the integrity and accuracy of which often determines the appropriateness and effectiveness of the resulting decision.
However, data is often generated in different forms, from papers to forms to electronic documents and its proper documentation, structuring, storage and effective utilization could easily become a difficult and overwhelming task for most enterprises. As a result, most corporations and enterprises which could have otherwise operated optimally and efficiently are unable to do so because of bad decisions based on inadequate or misrepresentative data. The consequences of wrong data management strategies or inaccurate data have over time included loss of lives, equipment, revenue, productivity and a host of other problems. For some corporations or enterprises, it has led to extinction or death as a result of economically fatal decisions based on inaccurate data. Yet corporations and enterprises continue to accumulate data, spend fortunes on payroll for data entry operators and struggle with decision making based on data that is error prone and scattered over different formats from paper to electronic.
We have a host of solutions for effective and efficient data management from data capture to processing, archiving, utilization and analysis. Using market-leading technologies based on OCR, OMR and ICR, our solutions in software and hardware are able to easily digitize data and archive the data in all of the popular databases from Oracle to MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, Sybase, MySQL, Postgre SQL and MS Access.
We provide data capture architecture and form design services for data entry to optimize data acquisition process. We also have industry specific solutions to address the appropriate needs of organizations as per their industry. Some of the targeted industries include the following:
- Educational Industry (Primary, Secondary & Tertiary)
- Healthcare Industry (Private and Public)
- Banking and Financial Services
- Retail and Distribution
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Survey and Research
- Government Ministries and Agencies
Our solutions are always backed by excellent after-sales service and deployed with deep technological insight to meet the peculiar needs of customers. Our goal for our clients is efficient and effective data management system and processes that guarantee data integrity, flexibility and fosters accurate and effective decision making.
Comparing OMR, OCR and ICR
ICR, OCR, and OMR are all methods of reducing the amount of data entry in forms processing environments. OMR, OCR, and ICR technologies all provide a means of data collection from paper forms. All three technologies may require imaging scanners. OMR may also be done using an OMR (discrete read head) scanners.
Optical Mark Recognition (OMR)
OMR technology detects the absence or presence of a mark, but not the shape of the mark. OMR software interprets the output from the scanner and translates it into the desired ASCII output. Forms are scanned through an OMR scanner. The forms contain small ovals, referred to as 'bubbles,' that are filled in by the respondent. OMR cannot recognize hand-printed or machine-printed characters. An OMR scanner can maintain a throughput of 1,800 to 10,000 forms per hour. This activity can be controlled and processed by a single workstation, which can handle any volume the scanner can generate.
Increasing the throughput simply requires upgrading the scanner. ICR and OCR software cannot be used with an OMR scanner. OMR is the fastest and most accurate of the data collection technologies. For test answers and short grids like ID number, it is also easy for the user. The accuracy of OMR is a result of precise measurement of the darkness of a mark, and the sophisticated mark discrimination algorithms for determining whether a mark is an erasure or a mark.
Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR)
ICR technology gives scanning and imaging systems the ability to turn images of hand-printed characters (not cursive) into machine-readable characters. Images of hand-printed characters are extracted from a bitmap of the scanned image. Forms can be scanned through an imaging scanner, faxed, or computer generated to produce the bitmap.
ICR is less accurate than OMR and will require editing to achieve perfect data. However, when compared to manual key entry, ICR does reduce keystrokes for data collection and provides a more friendly form for demographic data.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
OCR technology gives scanning and imaging systems the ability
to turn images of machine-printed
characters into machine-readable characters. Images of machine-printed characters are extracted from a bitmap of the scanned image.
OCR is less accurate than OMR but more accurate than ICR. OCR
can provide a good alternative to
pre-slugged OMR grids such as student ID number, thereby freeing up space on the form for other design elements.
A sales professional can help you select just the right combination of services and tools to satisfy your specific data collection requirements.
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