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System Components: PrintUp — Automatic Document Capture


The PrintUp is one of our methods used for electronically capturing printed information in real-time at the very instance they are printed.


PrintUp During the 2010 year more than 1,000,000 tickets from over 140 asphalt plants and load out locations were successfully captured and sent to our eRoutes™ online service.

The PrintUp box is typically connected between the printing source and the printer. The data printed are captured in real-time, the document is recognized and targeted information is extracted to be sent securely through the Internet to the eRoutes™ database. Authorized users can access the data through any Internet browser or current mobile device to retrieve them.

Universal compatibility
The PrintUp is compatible with any operating system, software or hardware that prints data. The current PrintUp version it captures data through Centronic (Parallel/Printer) or RS-232 (Serial) ports.

Transparency
The PrintUp is totally transparent to the printing process. The capture takes less than a few seconds and the data are generally recorded into our servers before the physical printer has finished printing.

Recognition success rate
The recognition success rate is tremendously better than commonly achieved with scanners and OCR. The reason for this is that there is no interference as the printed data are perfectly repeatable and entirely defined. Furthermore, the complete document can be captured for later look up or reprint.

Proof that document has been captured
An acknowledge receipt of capture as a unique coded identifier can be added to the printed data and appear on the paper document. This identifier enables further follow up by establishing a correlation between paper document & electronic data. This provides evidence that the document has been successfully captured.

 Data capture and publication without printing
The PrintUp can be set not to print the received data. This enables virtual printing where data are captured but not printed. Any software with a print function can take advantage of this feature. At the time data are received a narrower paper document can be printed with a unique coded identifier as a proof of capture.

Capturing algorithm
The capture algorithm is build upon different techniques:

  • Printer recognition and emulation
  • Characters, symbols and words extraction
  • Document distinctiveness recognition according to templates
  • Artificial neural networks
  • Learning process