Optical Character Recognition Systems Procurement in the US
This report is intended to help buyers of optical character recognition (OCR) systems. OCR systems electronically translate scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. OCR systems are used to convert books and documents into electronic files, computerize record-keeping systems in offices, publish text onto websites and read text to the visually impaired. Software publishers and computer hardware and software retailers are the main suppliers of OCR systems. This report does not cover cameras, scanners or multifunctional printers, although OCR systems do utilize these devices to capture images. OCR software is the primary component of OCR systems and will thus be the focus of this report.