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ABBYY pushes Arabic OCR solutions at GITEX

Russia-based firm reveals how it helped Yarmouk University in Jordan

Shkamratov: GITEX is the ideal platform to promote ABBYY.
Shkamratov: GITEX is the ideal platform to promote ABBYY.

Russia-based ABBYY Group, a provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies, is at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK to unveil how it helped Yarmouk University in Jordan to digitise learning materials for blind or visually impaired students.

The company says the implementation was aimed at digitising studying materials into ‘talking books’ so that they could be consumed by students with visual disabilities.

ABBYY says it hopes that the story of this implementation will resonate with companies present at GITEX.

The company also states that it is holding a series of meetings with existing and potential independent software vendors (ISVs), independent hardware vendors (IHVs) and SI partners to discuss plans and explore new opportunities for cooperation in the region.

“Our solutions allow computers to read text from images and understand its meaning. This can be used for conversion of scans, photos, PDFs and any other kind of images into editable and searchable files,” says Igor Shkamratov, Business Development Director for the Middle East and Africa at ABBYY.

“We see GITEX as an opportunity to tell both government and private organisations about the opportunities that our technologies provide to improve the quality of life; to create an unlimited environment for people with disabilities to get and use information.”

ABBYY has also brought to GITEX an updated version of its Arabic OCR engine.