Sunday, November 3, 2019

Recognition Equipment's Input 80 OCR

Computerworld - May 9, 1973 - page 9-10
A company (not very creatively called) Recognition Equipment...NOT Entrex, but they are certainly using Entrex Data/Scopes there.
But it looks like Recognition Equipment put a sticker over the "Entrex Data/Scope" on the plexiglass screen cover...

Modern Data - January 1971 - page 69

VOL. SMC-8, No. 4, APRIL 1978
(my backup, in case this pdf disappears from the original site)

Naval Ocean Research and Development Activity
An Overview of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Technolgy and Tecnniques
June, 1978

In 1972, the Social Security Administration released another RFP for a new OCR reader to supplement the IBM #1975. The basic requirements were for an acceptance rate -. (lines, not characters) of 65%; a scanning rate of 40,000 lines per hour; and the ability to also read the specific employer information on the #941 that the IBM #1975 could not read. Recognition Equipment, Inc., (REI) responded with their Input 80 OCR reader. This is an off-the-shelf reader, although it has been modified by REI to read about 400 machine-print fonts. It is not used to read handprint. The Input 80 also reads the employer information and the special box "check-marks" that the IBM #1975 could not read. If a character cannot be read, the machine places a red dot on that particular line, which Is manually processed, and later merged with the original data. This reader can read between 35,000 and 38, 000 lines per hour; it has an acceptance rate of 68% (lines), and a substitution rate
of 4%. Social Security personnel manually process 1% of the data for verification and quality control. They currently have two operational REI Input 80's reading about 50 million lines per calendar quarter.

Report on Functional Design Specification For The Automated Alphanumeric Data Entry System
January 30, 1984

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By 1966, OCR-A was pronounced the first standard font. By the mid-60’s , reader’s that could read different styles and sizes were developed. Starting from 1969, font training was introduced to allow for reader’s to learn unknown fonts. One year later, the Input 80 page reader was introduced by Recognition Equipment that could read 2200 large pages of text per hour, equivalent to 500 hours of manual key entry. In 1973, Sear acquired a hand held OCR wand to read merchandise tags at their electronic cash registers. However, at this point in time, we haven’t even reached the real beginning to modern OCR page readers. It would be in 1974 when the Kurzwell Computer Products developed a reader to scan pages of text and speak the words aloud, it was called the Reading Machine. 

Drew Russell
Product Marketing Manager
Company NameRecognition Equipment, Inc.
Dates EmployedAug 1984 – Jun 1994
Employment Duration9 yrs 11 mos

Senior Staff Systems Analyst (1984-1990)
Software developer the Input-80 and XP80 systems. Duties included creating system specificatons, programming, installation, training, and product demonstrations. See less

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