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Development of OCR system for portable passport and visa reader
Author(s): Yury V. Visilter; Sergey Yu. Zheltov; Anton A. Lukin
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Paper Abstract

The modern passport and visa documents include special machine-readable zones satisfied the ICAO standards. This allows to develop the special passport and visa automatic readers. However, there are some special problems in such OCR systems: low resolution of character images captured by CCD-camera (down to 150 dpi), essential shifts and slopes (up to 10 degrees), rich paper texture under the character symbols, non-homogeneous illumination. This paper presents the structure and some special aspects of OCR system for portable passport and visa reader. In our approach the binarization procedure is performed after the segmentation step, and it is applied to the each character site separately. Character recognition procedure uses the structural information of machine-readable zone. Special algorithms are developed for machine-readable zone extraction and character segmentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 January 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3651, Document Recognition and Retrieval VI, (7 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.335817
Show Author Affiliations
Yury V. Visilter, State Research Institute of Aviation Systems (Russia)
Sergey Yu. Zheltov, State Research Institute of Aviation Systems (Russia)
Anton A. Lukin, State Research Institute of Aviation Systems (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3651:
Document Recognition and Retrieval VI
Daniel P. Lopresti; Jiangying Zhou, Editor(s)

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