ABBYY Real-Time Recognition SDK ABBYY Real-Time Recognition SDK

Point and capture

Add amazingly fast and easy
data input to your mobile app.

ABBYY Real-Time Recognition SDK enables developers to add ‘instant’ text capture functionality to mobile apps. Payment data on invoices, personal information on ID cards as well as codes printed on daily goods for consumer contests, text on street signs or warning plates can be immediately captured and used in the mobile app - the user only needs to focus the camera at the text.

Why ABBYY Real-Time Recognition SDK?


Fast text input

Extracting text directly from the smartphone’s preview screen is significantly faster and more convenient than taking a picture of the text followed by an OCR step or entering the text manually.


Improved business performance

Real-time text capture from documents such as invoices, waybills, sick notes or letters can be quickly implemented into existing corporate apps in banks, transport companies, insurance, and other organizations.


Suitable for high security requirements

As the text does not need to be photographed, saved in the memory storage, uploaded to cloud services or external servers, this modern way of information capture is suitable for organizations with the highest data security standards.


Outstanding recognition accuracy

We have combined ABBYY’s proven OCR technology with new intelligent algorithms that recognize text from live video streams. This SDK technology ensures superior text recognition accuracy within apps for both businesses and consumers.

See instant text extraction in action.

The ‘point and capture’ approach – text capture directly from the smartphone’s preview screen - offers a completely new user experience.

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Use cases


Customer registration and on-boarding

By simply pointing the mobile device’s camera at ID cards, passports and other identification documents, customer data is transferred into company systems without the need to type them in.


Mobile payment

Information necessary for a money transfer can be inserted directly into the fields of a mobile banking app by focusing the smartphone’s camera on payment slips, invoices or other payment documents.


Customer self-service

Enterprise companies can increase customer satisfaction and loyalty by providing modern apps that allow clients to communicate easily and exchange data with their vendors.

Key features


Specific data capture

When described by regular expressions, specific data fields can be automatically detected and extracted in real time. Requested information (for example, total amounts on invoices, email addresses or phone numbers on business cards, promotional codes on vouchers, or other data fields) can be obtained immediately, even if they are part of larger text areas.


Text detection from video stream

When pointing the smartphone’s camera at text, the technology is continuously recognizing the text from the ‘live’ video stream. This enables instant recognition of text on documents or objects without the need to take a picture.


63 OCR languages

Text recognition in 63 languages allows for the quick creation of mobile apps for international business organizations as well as consumer travel apps.


OCR for iOS and Android

Usage of toolkits from one OCR vendor leads to consistent functionality and comparable recognition results for both the iOS and Android platforms.

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