Monday, January 22, 2007

Lockheed Martin Selects ImageTrac Scanners To Process More Than 90 Million Forms For 2010 Census

Imaging Business Machines, LLC (IBML) maker of the high-speed ImageTrac® Color Scanning Platform, announces that ImageTrac scanners have been selected by Lockheed Martin to scan millions of forms that will be processed by the 2010 US Census Decennial Response Integration System (DRIS). IBML was selected following a rigorous four-month evaluation of top scanning vendors. The ImageTrac excelled in operational processing and image quality.
The DRIS program, which is a core element of the 2010 US Census, will require color imaging for the first time. Lockheed Martin did an extensive evaluation for a scanning platform that would provide the highest image quality possible while easily integrating into the DRIS backend.
All 90 million census forms must be processed within 90 days of receiving the information. In addition, they must be handled very carefully to ensure no errors occur as a result of misfeeds, creasing and double feeds. An exhaustive selection process was required to find a scanning solution capable of meeting these challenges.
The ImageTrac system was evaluated against three other commercial scanners for throughput, accuracy, ease of use and back-end integration. The rigorous four-month lab testing used actual samples of the 11" x 25" census form. The ImageTrac met or exceeded all of our specifications, said Julie Dunlap, DRIS program director for Lockheed Martin. We were impressed with the scanner’s superior performance and image quality.
“We are honored to be working with Lockheed Martin to help with this important project, it extends our presence in very important federal agencies such as the State Department, FBI, Treasury and Defense, said Robert Sbrissa, IBML executive vice president for sales and marketing.
The ImageTrac systems will include DocNetics BarCode Recognition software. DocNetics is part of the SoftTrac application software that allows greater control, management and customization of scanning workflow. DocNetics adds dynamic intelligence to inline processing to accelerate the transformation of paper-based content to digital information.
DocNetics BarCode Recognition provides inline recognition of multiple barcode types in any orientation, including 1D and 2D formats. The census forms will carry six unique barcodes in different orientations on front and back pages. DocNetics BarCode Recognition will read these barcodes to match documents inline and catch double feeds -- two documents stacked one on top of another -- when barcodes don’t agree. Typically, operators must identify and pull double-fed documents and rescan them, a time-consuming process. With DocNetics BarCode Recognition catching double feeds inline, the extra time and labor to correct problems can be avoided.
Fewer ImageTrac systems will be required to handle the monumental processing job than the number of devices recommended by the other scanners evaluated. Because of their high throughput, 22 ImageTrac scanners will be the maximum number of units required for the DRIS program, less than half the number of the scanners that were used for the 2000 US Census.
About Imaging Business MachinesImaging Business Machines provides intelligent scanning technology for the most demanding document imaging applications, including mixed documents of different weights, sizes and compositions. The company's ImageTrac Scanning Platform consists of the ImageTrac scanners, SoftTrac user interface software with DocNetics and professional services. ImageTrac scanners offer front and rear color image capture, multiple image outputs, barcode, 2D barcode, ICR, MICR and multiple sort pockets. Every day, hundreds of ImageTracs capture millions of color and bi-tonal images for our customers in 34 countries.

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