The need for and consequently the number of solutions for reading hand-written forms in an automated manner has been on a rise for as long as one could remember. Almost all businesses to varying degrees utilize paper-based forms that are filled by customers by hand. Most if not all of these businesses convert this handwritten information into the digital format. Depending on the technological sophistication or the size of the business this digitization might be done manually by one or more data entry specialists or through an automated solution.
It’s easy to see how the manual route may not be an ideal solution for medium or large-sized business. Some of the apparent drawbacks of manual document processing are:
- The cost of having data entry specialists quickly add up as more documents need to be digitized necessitating adding more resources.
- Manual data entry is a slow process.
- Manual data entry is error-prone and requires a quality inspection which