BCR refers to Business Card Recognition and describes the category of OCR (Optical Character Recognition) applications designed to automatically identify name, address, phone, fax, email and other common business card elements.
Networking with the right people is essential for the success of any business. Whether you’re meeting a client to discuss a new project or attending an industry conference to pitch your product, establishing connections matters a lot. And nothing establishes professional contacts better, than a simple exchange of business cards.
Is it possible to keep track of all these pieces of cardboard and fancy paper? Yes, if you have a secretary who does this work for you by filing all your business cards somewhere or manually entering the information into a computer. But what if you could do the entire process yourself instantaneously? Business card OCR (BCR) deals with the problem by handing you an almost instant recognition of the business card, allowing you to extract and upload the data into a database for easier storage and retrieval.
The Neat app transforms your device’s camera into a powerful mobile Business Card scanner that’s always at your side, making it easy to stay organized.
There are dozens of other scanner apps available for iOS and Android, with differing features. To help you choose the one that’s perfect for your needs, we’ve rounded up the best business card scanner apps. Here are just a few of them:
ABBYY Business Card Reader lets you scan and store contact information from business cards in up to 25 languages. The company’s award-winning OCR technology makes for accurate recognition of all contact details, such as names, organizations, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
The app is smart enough to detect the edges of business cards and automatically crops out any unwanted backgrounds. Any data that’s left unrecognized is highlighted in blue and can be manually corrected. […]