Scantron released Cognition, a complete software solution for automated forms processing and data collection based on ABBYY FineReader(R) Engine SDK and ABBYY's forms processing technologies.
ABBYY and Scantron Form Strategic Technology Licensing Partnership
ABBYY and Scantron Corporation have formed a strategic technology licensing partnership through which Scantron released Cognition, a complete software solution for automated forms processing and data collection based on ABBYY FineReader(R) Engine SDK and ABBYY's forms processing technologies.
ABBYY USA is a leading provider of recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies. Scantron is a recognized leader in software services and systems for the collection, management and interpretation of data to the educational, financial and commercial markets.
The partnership comes after two years of collaboration between ABBYY and Scantron in the development of a processing solution for Scantron forms. Scantron conducted an exhaustive search for a recognition and forms processing technology partner before selecting ABBYY.
"We rated our OCR/ICR vendors against many metrics, including accuracy, value, and ability to meet development platform requirements in the future," said Mark Espinola, president of Scantron's Data Collection Division. "ABBYY FineReader and its related forms processing components was a clear choice for its ability to fit our needs and Scantron's reputation for excellence."
Cognition was launched to existing Scantron customers in January 2005 and feedback indicates the product is meeting and exceeding expectations with regard to data conversion, speed and accuracy. Prior to the launch, Scantron completed a six-month field-test of Cognition in its own service bureau to prove its reliability, accuracy and security in a high-volume environment. The Scantron Service Bureau, which process millions of images and documents a year, provided an ideal testing ground to prove Cognition's scalability in meeting enterprise-level customer demands.
"As the leading OCR and ICR technology partner in the industry, we are pleased to offer our award-winning recognition and forms processing technologies to the largest educational testing organization in the country," said Dean Tang, president and chief executive officer of ABBYY. "This partnership represents months of collaboration to develop a highly regarded integrated business solution that will increase productivity in data conversion for a multitude of Scantron customers and partners."
ABBYY FineReader Engine
ABBYY FineReader Engine is a comprehensive SDK (Software Development Kit) for integrating intelligent document recognition, conversion and data capture technologies into 32-bit Windows applications. Technologies offered include: OCR (machine print), ICR (handprint), OMR (check mark), and barcode recognition technologies; PDF conversion and forms processing for both fixed forms, and semi-structured forms and documents -- all in a single package for ISVs, developers, VARs, integrators and service bureaus. The FineReader Engine is comprised of a set of DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries). The Engine's API (Application Programming Interface) conforms to the COM (Component Object Model) standard and is easily accessible from C/C++, Visual Basic or any other development environments which support COM components.
Cognition is a forms processing solution that quickly transforms paper documents into valuable intelligence. The Cognition software collects and digitizes paper forms and documents and then delivers them to specified databases or other business applications. Cognition is efficient, accurate and scalable to fit the forms processing, data collection and input environments of any size company or organization.