Dacuda and Unisys team up for Rapid Input MRZ


Dacuda and Unisys have launched the Rapid Input MRZ Reader, which aims to automate personal identity information data entry on mobile devices and transform the way police officers enter personal data in the field.

According to Dacuda, the Rapid Input MRZ Reader enables users to instantly extract the required data by simply pointing the camera of their mobile device at the machine readable zone (MRZ) of identity documents. The solution was created through a collaboration between Dacuda and Unisys, which provides mobile tools that enable law enforcement agencies to access, enter and organise critical information.

Dacuda says Rapid Input allows for the instant detection and extraction of specified information, including the MRZ on passports, IDs and driving licences, much faster and more accurately than typing. The MRZ reader supports a wide range of identity documents from around the world and the intuitive interface guides the user with live feedback for best results. The entire solution functions entirely offline and integrates quickly into other applications.

“Most police officers across the world still have to manually capture identity information when they are on the job,” says Martin Wirz, head of Public Sector Thalwil at Unisys Switzerland. “While initially in Switzerland we have attempted to mobilise case reporting with the use of smartphones and tablets, the data entry process is not only time consuming, but it is also distracting and can lead to errors. The collaboration with Dacuda has enabled us to provide a reliable and accurate solution for our customers to automatically capture identity data so they can focus on other important things.”

With context-driven search algorithms, Dacuda Rapid Input can be optimised for instant content extraction of almost any other type of information and data as well. Dacuda is already evaluating different use cases where the technology can be applied to optimise workflow efficiencies and enable the camera of mobile devices to become an input device for content from any physical source. It says it has already developed a module to capture the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of cars through the windscreen.

“Typing data into mobile devices is still very cumbersome and error-prone,” says Dr Peter Weigand, CEO of Dacuda. “Rapid Input allows users to transform any mobile camera into an input device that works faster and more accurately than typing. We are glad that our cooperation with Unisys resulted in a solution that makes the field work of police officers significantly more productive. And we are looking forward to applying our technology to any use where the input of text data is crucial, thus increasing the productivity of our customers.”

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Dacuda and Unisys team up for Rapid Input MRZ
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