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Industrial bank check processing: the A2iA CheckReaderTM


This paper presents the current state of the A2iA CheckReaderTM – a commercial bank check recognition system. The system is designed to process the flow of payment documents associated with the check clearing process: checks themselves, deposit slips, money orders, cash tickets, etc. It processes document images and recognizes document amounts whatever their style and type – cursive, hand- or machine printed – expressed as numerals or as phrases. The system is adapted to read payment documents issued in different English- or French-speaking countries. It is currently in use at more than 100 large sites in five countries and processes daily over 10 million documents. The average read rate at the document level varies from 65 to 85% with a misread rate corresponding to that of a human operator (1%).

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Received October 13, 2000 / Revised December 4, 2000

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Gorski, N., Anisimov, V., Augustin, E. et al. Industrial bank check processing: the A2iA CheckReaderTM. IJDAR 3, 196–206 (2001).

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  • Key words: Bank check processing – Payment systems – Handwriting recognition – Automatic reading – Document analysis – Intelligent character recognition