CaixaBank Chooses ABBYY FineReader Engine to Digitise Archives of 25 Million Documents

May 12, 2015

Leading Spanish Bank Relies on ABBYY OCR Technology Following Acquisition of Barclays Bank


ABBYY, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies, today announced that CaixaBank, one of Europe’s leading banks and Spain’s third largest financial institution, has chosen ABBYY FineReader Engine, in a new project to digitise 25 million documents from Barclays bank. The move followed the bank’s recent acquisition and will deploy the software development kit (SDK) for Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to digitally archive important customer information and business records.


“Previously, we evaluated many options on the market and chose to use ABBYY’s text recognition technology when digitising our own documents because of its high accuracy rate and adaptability to a wide range of document types,” says Jorge Cortada Fernandez, BPO technology director, CaixaBank. “When CaixaBank acquired the Barclays bank business in Spain in late 2014, we wanted to digitise their 25 million legacy documents and knew from experience that ABBYY FineReader would be a good fit. To help us develop a complete solution and to deliver this project we turned to two of our technology partners - Indra BPO and Serimag Media - both of whom are experienced in image processing and document process automation. Because of our good experience we are currently evaluating future projects where we might deploy other ABBYY OCR technologies, such as in mobile document capture technology.”


The principal aim of this project was to digitise and classify bank archives and to extract specific data from the documents, such as ID or VAT number, invoice amounts and client name. The 25 million documents were delivered to Indra BPO, an outsource service provider, for scanning. The documents were of many types and include credit files, risk assessments, mortgage loan applications, requisitions, wire transfer orders, invoices, cheques, national identity cards and many others. The scanned document images were then forwarded to the Serimag solution which used ABBYY FineReader Engine for text recognition and Serimag’s tools for classifying the documents by type. Because of ABBYY FineReader Engine’s features for image pre-processing, the solution is able to correct image files before the recognition stage and to detect the presence of signatures in a contract. On many of the documents ABBYY FineReader Engine achieved a recognition rate of between 92 and 97%, saving the bank significant time in post processing. In the end the documents are archived as both searchable PDF and TIFF in CaixaBank’s enterprise content management system (ECM), easily searched for key words and quickly retrieved in the future.


“We are honoured that a leading financial institution like CaixaBank has chosen this solution,” says Mireia Casadevall, key account manager, Serimag Media. “ABBYY’s OCR technology is truly best-in-class and they have been very supportive as a vendor. It is a testament to ABBYY’s compelling value proposition that organisations like Serimag and CaixaBank can rely on their text recognition and OCR toolkits to solve such a multitude of document processing needs.”

ABBYY FineReader Engine gives developers, system integrators and BPOs the possibility to easily integrate text recognition technologies into their applications. The ABBYY recognition platform delivers award-winning OCR functionalities, intelligent character recognition (ICR), barcode, checkmark, field-level/zonal recognition and PDF conversion enabling scanned documents and images to be automatically transformed into searchable and editable document formats, such as PDF/A (1-3), XML and other formats.

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ABBYY UK is a member of the ABBYY Group and supports sales and marketing activities in Western Europe. ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies and services. Its products include the ABBYY FineReader line of optical character recognition (OCR) applications, ABBYY FlexiCapture line of data capture solutions, and development tools. ABBYY offers Professional Services to help customers implementing business solutions based on ABBYY’s products. Paper-intensive organisations from all over the world use ABBYY solutions to automate time- and labour-consuming tasks and to streamline business processes. ABBYY products are used in large-scale government projects such as those of Australian Taxation Office, Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, Montgomery County Government of the USA and the Government of Canada. Companies that license ABBYY technologies include BancTec, Canon, EMC/Captiva, Hewlett-Packard, KnowledgeLake, Microsoft, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Samsung Electronics and more. ABBYY OCR applications are shipped with equipment from the world’s top manufacturers such as Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Microtek, Panasonic, PFU, Plustek, Ricoh, Toshiba, and Xerox. ABBYY is an international company with offices in Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Ukraine, Cyprus, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. For more information, visit

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About CaixaBank

CaixaBank is the leading financial group in the Spanish market both in banking and insurance and is developing a strategy of diversification with stakes in international banks and leading service companies. The Group’s essence and most distinguishing feature is its involvement and firm commitment to society. CaixaBank runs its banking business based on the values of leadership, trust and social commitment.


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