Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR)
Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) is a technology that provides the ability to convert hand printed text to machine text from an image. ICR is typically used to extract data from scanned or imported forms, and reduces the need for hand keying information. Its accuracy is debatable, and most ICR engines can provide improved reading accuracy if they are utilized on forms that have combed fields or boxes that house the hand printing. There are a few ICR engines that can also read handwriting, or script, but they are quite costly. ICR engines are typically housed in document capture software or are an extension to OCR.