What is ISO 2033:1983 Information processing — Coding of machine readable characters (MICR and OCR)?
ISO 2033:1983 is a standard that specifies the requirements for the coding of machine-readable characters using two technologies: Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
MICR is a technology used for the recognition of characters printed with magnetic ink. It is widely used for processing checks and other financial documents.
OCR is a technology that uses optical scanning techniques to recognize characters printed on paper or other media. It is used for various applications such as automated document processing, scanning of mail, and processing of forms.
Therefore, the standard defines the character sets and character codes used for MICR and OCR and specifies the requirements for the printing, scanning, and processing of machine-readable characters. It also provides guidelines for the measurement and testing of the quality of printed characters to ensure their readability by machines.
Requirements of ISO 2033:
ISO 2033:1983 specifies the characters and symbols to be used for the coding of machine-readable characters (MICR) printed on bank documents.and the characters and symbols to be used for the coding of optical character recognition (OCR) printed on bank documents.
The standard specifies the layout of the characters and symbols, as well as the size, shape, and spacing of the individual characters. It also provides guidelines for the printing of the characters and symbols and specifies the minimum printing requirements.
In addition, ISO 2033 specifies the magnetic properties of the ink used in MICR printing and the reflectance properties of the ink used in OCR printing. These properties ensure that the characters can be accurately read by automated processing equipment.
Benefits of ISO 2033:1983 Information processing
ISO 2033:1983 provides a standardized approach to the coding of machine-readable characters. Specifically those used in magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) and optical character recognition (OCR).
The benefits of this standard include:
Improved accuracy: By using a standardized code set, errors due to character recognition can be significantly reduced.
Increased efficiency: Standardization of coding can streamline processing and reduce the time and effort required for data entry and processing.
Interoperability: Standardization allows different systems to exchange information easily and accurately, improving interoperability between different machines and systems.
Cost savings: Standardization can help to reduce the cost of equipment and software development. As well as reduce the cost of maintenance and support.
Who needs ISO 2033:1983
ISO 2033 specifies the requirements for the coding of machine-readable characters for OCR and MICR. The standard is applicable to anyone who works with OCR or MICR technology. Including manufacturers, developers, and users of such systems.
This includes banks and financial institutions, postal services, government agencies, and any organization that handles large volumes of printed documents that require automated processing.
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