Kodak and IBML launch Arabic OCR

Latest model can turn over 440 pages per minute

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Kodak and IBML launch Arabic OCR The IBML scanner - it’s a bit of a beast.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 15, 2012

Kodak and partner IBML are demonstrating the latest addition to the IBLM scanner range at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, featuring full Arabic Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

The latest model can turn over 440 pages per minute, combine alphabets, and sort the end results into up to 24 different pockets for individual requirements.

IBML VP Robert Applebaum explains: “We already supported Mandarin, Japanese and Latin alphabets, and with the rapid expansion of the Middle East market Arabic was a logical next step, while the introduction of Arabic character recognition represents a key component of our plans for the region too.”

Kodak world wide director Martin Birch notes that the product is the only one of its kind to offer Arabic OCR, and adds: “With the sort of volumes it can produce it’s particularly useful for organisations like banks and governments - those that deal with tens of thousands of documents in a typical week.”

The machine can not only recognise Arabic information, but also extract key phrases and components of documents, saving time extracting information manually and ensuring that forms are correctly sorted before they even get to the processing stage, saving both time and money.

Birch concludes: “We already believe this is the most productive hardware of this kind available We’ve invested heavily to bring this new technology to the region, and we’re confident that Arabic OCR will be a hit in the regional market.”

The new Arabic-enabled scanner should be widely available in the Middle east from the beginning of 2013. In the meantime you can see it at the Kodak stand, where it’s already turning round copy at an impressive rate.

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