Card Scanning Solutions Offers Tips for Effective and Accurate Scanning of Cards with Holograms

Card scanning is a vital part of any industry today as it enables us to capture vital information as well as complete ID images from a wide variety of media. This data can then be utilized for accurate record keeping as well as to streamline and optimize data entry during visitor registration. With the advancement in technology, most of the latest cards are created with holograms which may affect the accuracy and efficiency of card scanning. At Card Scanning Solutions (CSSN Inc.), we understand this challenge and so we want to offer some solutions and tips which may assist you in scanning holograms effectively.

What is a hologram?
Let’s start by understanding what a hologram is. A hologram is an advanced form of photography that allows an image to be recorded in three dimensions. This means that as opposed to 3D and virtual reality on a 2D computer screen, a hologram appears to stand out as a true image in three dimensions that does not simulate image depth or require specific material to be viewed. Holograms were originally created as a security enforcement tool as it is not possible to duplicate a hologram with a scanner or a color photocopying machine and it is also not possible to manufacture or copy a hologram through standard printing processes. Holograms are therefore an effective solution for printing secured badges and cards such as credit cards, ID cards, driver’s licenses, medical cards and more.

Here are a few examples of cards that have holograms.
id scanner for cards with holograms

So how do holograms affect scanning?
Card Scanning Solutions utilizes a technology called Optical Character Recognition (OCR) which is the process of converting data from scanned documents into computer-editable text that can be populated into other applications. When you scan a document, you get an image of the text. Letters are made of pixels that when placed together form a picture of the text. This text however is not editable and OCR technology is able to analyze the image and convert it to editable text based on the patterns of the pixels in the image. Once this is done, the converted text is then exported and can be used in business applications and databases.

With the new designs of cards, the holograms often obstruct the text that the OCR technology is attempting to decipher. This makes it hard for the text on the card to be read therefore decreasing the accuracy of the scanning outcome.

Tips & Solutions for Effective Hologram Scanning
CSSN offers high-level DSP (digital signal processing) algorithms which are able to filter and clean tarnished images received from an ID scanner, such as driver license images with non-uniform background colors and text that are covered with stamps and holograms. However, if a hologram completely covers text, then the accuracy will significantly decrease.

With years of experience in image processing, CSSN has found the following to be effective in scanning cards with holograms more accurately:

  • For customers who have a ScanShell® scanner such as the ScanShell® 800DXN A6 duplex card scanner, try placing the card vertically when you want to scan the data on the card. This has been found to be more effective in extracting the data accurately despite possible interference from the hologram.
  • If you are deciding on purchasing a new hardware device, the SnapShell® scanner is a better option to consider as it helps remove the hologram layer in order to extract the information underneath. At CSSN, we encourage users who experience OCR problems with holograms on newer ID cards and driver licenses to consider upgrading to a SnapShell® OCR ID reader model to ensure greater accuracy in scanning.
  • If you own or are perhaps planning on purchasing a duplex scanner, this type of scanner will assist in extracting accurate data from cards that have holograms as you are able to incorporate 2D barcode scanning which can be utilized as a backup to achieve more accurate results. At CSSN, we offer a wide range of cutting edge duplex scanners such as the ScanShell® 3100DN portable duplex scanner which is the ideal solution for scanning insurance cards, driver licenses, ID cards, passports, photos, business cards, bank checks, full letter, legal sized documents and even embossed cards.

As technology progresses and cards are upgraded and adapted to meet the demands of our advancing society, CSSN has developed scanning solutions which are able to address these changes and to provide top quality scanning solutions. From our cutting edge scanning software to our state-of-the-art hardware, we at CSSN understand how holograms can impact the accuracy and efficiency of the scanning outcome. For this reason, we offer our customers a variety of tips and scanning solutions which will enable them to address the accuracy and integrity of scanned documents. Creating accurate electronic records or being able to scan any media is simple with CSSN so let us assist you with all your scanning requirements both at home and at your business.

Learn How To Use Your Existing Scanner To Capture Data And Images With Cutting-Edge Solutions From Card Scanning Solutions

So often we purchase a scanner to simply scan documents and other media. We then purchase a wide variety of other scanning gadgets to scan our favorite photos, or medical cards, receipts and more. When you discover the extensive capabilities of your existing TWAIN compliant scanner by combining it with the wide range of the state-of-the-art software solutions from Card Scanning Solutions (CSSN Inc.), there will be no turning back. Say goodbye to the expense and the clutter of your array of scanning devices and let CSSN show you how to transform your existing TWAIN compliant scanner into a one-stop data and image capturing powerhouse both at home and in your work environment. Our easy-to-use scanning software solutions will work efficiently, accurately and effectively with your existing scanner as it would if paired with one of CSSN’s easy-to-use scanning devices. Let us explore how.

Since 1999, CSSN has been a leading software company specializing in image processing and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology which compliments and operates with any TWAIN compliant scanner. Once you experience OCR technology, you will understand its benefits. It enables you to extract data from a range of documents including driver licenses, ID cards, medical insurance cards, passports, checks and more. Combining your existing scanner with CSSN’s software is a smooth, simple process. Once you purchase the affordable software, CSSN will provide you with a license key and an activation key. You will then be directed step-by-step through the download process until it is complete. Within minutes, you will be able to scan any media with your favorite TWAIN scanner and CSSN’s scanning software.

CSSN offers an easy-to-use id scanner modular application called IdScan® ID Scanner. This software is capable of scanning a variety of personal cards such as driver licenses, ID cards, medical insurance cards, passports, business cards, as well as checks and photos. IdScan® is capable of reading the card’s printed information from both sides of the card, as well as barcodes (1D & 2D PDF417). The extracted image and the text data of the document is then arranged in appropriate text fields into a file or clipboard and it can then be exported to various applications, email, FTP and the web. IdScan® works seamlessly with a TWAIN compliant scanner and recognizes the various and newest versions of licenses from all 50 states as well as selected international identification cards. The capabilities of IdScan® are extensive making this the perfect solution in a wide variety of industries such as government, medical, finance and more. The ID card can be verified using IdScan® and the extracted data can also be scanned directly into sales automation applications, contact management applications, kiosk leads capture programs, and other similar data gathering or surveying applications.

Another innovative software solution from CSSN is MedicScan® insurance card scanner software system. This product has been transforming the front office of medical and patient care facilities for years by automating and speeding up the process of transferring data from medical cards into the patient registration pages. This technology of automating the archiving process has contributed extensively to increased productivity, reduced human error and saved time and money in a wide range of medical facilities. MedicScan® is available in different versions based on your requirements. This affordable and easy-to-use software works with your existing TWAIN scanner putting CSSN’s advanced technology at your fingertips.

CSSN’s software solutions are developed with the customer in mind and so you are not forced to purchase one of our scanning devices to have access to these state-of the-art solutions. CSSN will show you how to use your existing scanner to its full potential together with our software solutions. In this way, efficiency, productivity and accessibility to data is increased giving you or your staff added time to focus on other tasks. You will save money and space with the elimination of data entry personnel as well as the elimination of filing, archiving and long term storage of paper records. Creating accurate electronic records or being able to scan any media is simple with CSSN and your favorite TWAIN scanner.

Card Scanning Solutions Puts Duplex Scanning and 2D Barcode Scanning At Your Fingertips

Gone are the days of only being able to scan one side of a page at a time. Duplex scanning is becoming a vital part of any business today because it enables the user to scan both sides of a document simultaneously. The upside of duplex scanning is that it saves time, and increases accuracy thus enabling the user to focus on other important tasks. Card Scanning Solutions (CSSN Inc.) offers a wide range of innovative scanning solutions, where Optical Character Recognition (OCR) works well with 2D barcode scanning. This technology steps beyond simply scanning a document, and instead, one can also extract data from a wide range of cards and documents including 2D barcodes. The best part is that both sides of the document or card can be scanned simultaneously bringing vital information to the user’s fingertips.

Once one experiences OCR technology, they will understand its benefits. This technology enables one to extract data from a range of documents including driver licenses, ID cards, medical insurance cards, passports, checks and more. This data can then be exported into other applications. CSSN’s high-level DSP (digital signal processing) algorithms filter and clean tarnished images received from an ID scanner, such as driver license images with non-uniform background colors. With OCR technology and duplex scanning, the data and the image of the card as well as the 2D barcode information are extracted within a few seconds from both sides of the card simultaneously. Now that the user has the information extracted from both sides it will boost their confidence that the information captured is correct. Efficiency, productivity and accessibility are increased giving one’s staff added time to focus on other tasks. You will save money and space with the elimination of data entry personnel as well as the elimination of filing, archiving and long term storage of paper records. Creating accurate electronic records is simple.

CSSN offers A4 and A6 cutting-edge hardware scanning devices to match the user’s requirements. Each scanner offers unique features and high-speed, quality scanning. The ScanShell 800DX duplex scanner is an ID scanner which simultaneously scans both sides of a card such as, ID cards, insurance cards and driver licenses. This scanner is lightweight and fully portable making it a convenient solution for both desktop and mobile use. The ScanShell 800DX is also equipped with a high speed USB 2.0 standard interface and therefore requires no external power supply. The exciting part about this duplex scanner is that it is TWAIN and WIA compatible which makes it the perfect choice for any organization.

Duplex scanning

CSSN’s ScanShell® 3100D is equipped with a high speed USB 2.0 standard interface and therefore it requires no external power supply. Combined with its light weight and small footprint, the ScanShell® 3100D offers convenient duplex scanning for both desktop and mobile use. It is also TWAIN and WIA compatible which means that it can easily be incorporated into your existing system.

2D Barcode Scanning

CSSN also offers a wide variety of software packages and development tools and the ScanShell® ID reader can come bundled with our idScan® OCR, or it can be used with our OCR SDK (Software Developers Kit) for smooth integration into 3rd party software. In this way, the advanced reading technology is easily incorporated directly into the user’s software giving them full access to the automated data-collection process. CSSN’s OCR software is able to read driver′s licenses and ID cards (using OCR) from most countries around the world as well as 1D and PDF 417 2D barcodes. OCR eliminates manual data collection and record-keeping and it replaces this with accurate, quick and efficient information reading and extraction. When utilizing duplex scanning, the results are improved even more.

A duplex scanning device enables you to scan data from both sides of a document simultaneously and when you combine this with OCR technology and 2D barcode scanning, the result is accurate and efficient extraction of data. CSSN’s user-friendly and easy-to use solutions have assisted a variety of industries globally in running efficiently and systematically. To give your company a competitive edge, try our solutions today.

Citrix® Scanning By Card Scanning Solutions

When you integrate the technology of two leading companies, you are able to create state-of-the-art solutions which maximize performance and capability. With the partnership between Card Scanning Solutions (CSSN Inc.) and Citrix®, innovative and cutting-edge technologies have been combined with impressive results. Customers with Citrix® deployments are able to purchase CSSN’s ScanShell® scanner series with confidence as they have been certified as Citrix Ready®. These customers also have the added advantage of experiencing and benefiting from CSSN’s leading Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology which supports the Citrix® scanning OCR.

Citrix partners

 OCR technology is a vital part of most industries today. The Citrix scanning and OCR technology enables the seamless extraction of data from a scanned image, barcode and/ or magnetic strip, easily converting documents into electronic files that can be stored on a system. Users can scan directly into the Citrix® application which enables a real time scan of client information directly into the application’s database for archiving. The OCR engine searches for actual text and not pre-measured fields and as a result, the software is able to read a wide variety of media including, driver licenses, ID cards, medical insurance cards, visit cards, checks and more. The end result is a powerful, one-stop image and data scanning and processing solution which adds functionality and value for Citrix® customers.

The benefits of using Citrix® scanning and OCR capabilities go beyond simply converting paper documents into digital files. Customers will save money and space with the elimination of data entry personnel as well as the elimination of filing, archiving and long term storage of paper records. By storing important information on network servers, Citrix® users can avert losing data in disasters such as floods and fire. Efficiency, productivity and accessibility are also increased giving staff added time to focus on other tasks. Compliance issues are also addressed and the security and integrity of scanned documents can be guaranteed with password protection and access restriction. 

In order to enable Citrix® users the maximum usability of CSSN’s card scanning technology, CSSN’s OCR Software Developers Kit (SDK) resides on the Citrix server®. This easy-to-use SDK consists of a set of integrable files that communicates quickly and seamlessly with the Citrix® applications. With a single integration, the OCR SDK provides maximum flexibility and it has both scanning and OCR capabilities which are compatible with CSSN’s ScanShell®  hardware series. 

As a multinational corporation, Citrix® specializes in offering a technology which enables individuals, IT organizations and businesses to work anywhere in the world. They do this by providing server and desktop virtualization, networking, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and cloud computing technologies including Xen open source products.  With Citrix® technology and CSSN’s OCR SDK , the line between work and home is easily dissolved. Both CSSN’s hardware and SDK work with the applications installed on the Citrix® server.

The scanner drivers are installed on the local machine and both the scanning and the processing are done in the Citrix® applications. Since CSSN’s ScanShell® scanners do not require any external power, they are ideal scanners for the office, home or for when you are on the go.  

CSSN understands that customer’s needs and budget vary and so they offer a wide range of ScanShell® id scanners. Each scanner offers unique features which provide Citrix® scanning customers with a choice of hardware based on their requirements. CSSN’s multipurpose card scanning system can also scan a wide variety of media including, business cards, checks, medical cards, ID cards, driver licenses and passports. The ScanShell® devices are available in simplex or duplex capabilities and Citrix® customers are able to enjoy high-speed, quality scanning with Citrix®’s stamp of approval. There is also the option of A6 or A4 sizes and the ScanShell® scanners need no warm-up and wait time, putting efficient scanning at your fingertips. 

With the symbiotic relationship between Citrix® and CSSN, customers in the health care and financial industries have the perfect solution to their scanning requirements. The combination of CSSN’s ScanShell® scanners, together with the support of CSSN’s innovative OCR SDK and the Citrix® technology, enable customers to dominate in their industry. It is clear why Citrix® has given their stamp of Citrix Ready® to their joint solution offering with CSSN.

Welcome to the Card Scanning Solutions Blog.

 The manual processing of data has no place in today’s fast-paced society. Automated document processing and archiving of information is vital in any industry and CSSN’s OCR scanning solutions are setting the standard for OCR and document management.  Whether its simple document scanning, through to advanced passport or identity card processing, there is a CSSN solution to meet your needs. 

With more than 10 years of experience, we have developed a wide range of easy-to-use and efficient solutions using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and state-of-the-art image processing. This blog brings you the latest news and innovation of both our hardware and software solutions as well as to provide information about our latest developments and products. 

Our products and solutions been incorporated into a wide range of industries such as medical, financial, security, government and more and we have seen how they have contributed to increased output, saved time and money and superior service. With our OCR scanning solutions, important information is easily extracted and saved into a most 3rd party applications enabling the user to achieve a fully automated information flow. This process ensures that vital data is available instantly and accurately. 

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