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ABBYY and Scantron Form Technology Partnership

3 Aug, 2005

ABBYY and Scantron Form Technology Partnership

ABBYY USA and Scantron Corporation have formed a strategic technology licensing partnership through which Scantron released Cognition, a complete software solution for automated forms processing and data collection based on ABBYY FineReader Engine SDK and ABBYY’s forms processing technologies.

ABBYY USA is a provider of recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies. Scantron is a recognized for software services and systems for the collection, management and interpretation of data to the educational, financial and commercial markets.

The partnership comes after two years of collaboration between ABBYY and Scantron in the development of a processing solution for Scantron forms.

“We rated our OCR/ICR vendors against many metrics, including accuracy, value, and ability to meet development platform requirements in the future,” said Mark Espinola, president of Scantron’s Data Collection Division. “ABBYY FineReader and its related forms processing components was a clear choice for its ability to fit our needs and Scantron’s reputation for excellence.”

Cognition was launched to existing Scantron customers in January 2005 and feedback indicates the product is meeting and exceeding expectations with regard to data conversion, speed and accuracy. Prior to the launch, Scantron completed a six-month field test of Cognition in its own service bureau to prove its reliability, accuracy and security in a high-volume environment. The Scantron Service Bureau, which process millions of images and documents a year, provided an ideal testing ground to prove Cognition’s scalability in meeting enterprise-level customer demands.

“As the leading OCR and ICR technology partner in the industry, we are pleased to offer our award-winning recognition and forms processing technologies to the largest educational testing organization in the country,” said Dean Tang, president and chief executive officer of ABBYY. “This partnership represents months of collaboration to develop a highly regarded integrated business solution that will increase productivity in data conversion for a multitude of Scantron customers and partners.”

For more information about ABBYY, visit www.abbyyusa.com. For more information on Scantron Corporation, visit www.scantron.com.

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