One of the greatest advantages of ARGOS Low-code solution is that you always have easy access to many of the latest and greatest AI/ML technologies from around the world when you need to build in more intelligence into Automation Scenarios.
One example is the space of Computer Vision and OCR. Below are the 10 technologies in STU's toolbox today. As you can see, many of them have "free plans" even for commercial uses which is great news for many businesses around the world who are badly needing such cognitive technologies but operating on a tight budget.
You can easily build a POC and compare their capabilities side by side with ARGOS Low-code.
(Pricing info as of Mar 1 2021 - please always check with the technology supplier for updates in pricing.)
Free up to 1000 images per month.
Google Vision API is probably the most used computer vision solution in STU today. It includes not just OCR but other functions such as face, label, logo, and landmark recognitions. It is a commercial API but has a very generous free usage amount monthly.
Discontinued - Free with Lite plan registration
It is sad that IBM made an announcement to discontinue its Visual Recognition service at the end of 2021. This plugin has always been a go-to solution for many of our visual automation builders. You can feed any image to the technology and it gives back an impressive descriptive paragraph of the image.
5,000 transactions free per month
Microsoft's Text Analytics was one of the early releases of our computer vision solutions. Very competitive in licensing and decent results for English printed document OCR. With its continuing investment in technology, this plugin is always one that should be "evaluated" before making your decision.
Free for the first 3 months for less than 100 documents
Even after the free usage period is over AWS Textract technology offers a very competitive licenses for table and form document analysis services. (Less than $100 a month for most businesses.
Free up to 100 requests per month
NAVER OCR is a technology from South Korea's internet service giant NAVER. The OCR capabilities show strong results for handwritten documents. Especially when you are dealing with Korean and Japanese languages, this solution is one of your "must-evaluate".
Free trial is available.
This website has a very good info - https://www.capterra.com/p/177446/ABBYY/#pricing
This STU plugin is for ABBYY's FlexiCapture technology (be careful it is different from their general cloud OCR technology which is very reasonable in pricing.) The FlexiCapture is arguably the most popular form/template documentation analysis and digitization technology today. They do not publish pricing. You must ask for a quote.
Open source solution owned by Google
Tesseract is free forever as it is an open source solution. The OCR capability is respectable for a free solution. Many of our customers choose to use it mainly in their bot and use other commercial solutions only when the target documents are more challenging for this
Other form/template reading solutions you can find in STU.
Popular form reading OCR from the UK. Great solution to read documents like invoices.
Strong start-up form base OCR from New Zealand. Very capable engineering team who are willing to work together with you to digitize your document. We recommend Xtracta to anyone.
Now here is our secret weapon. This OCR technology comes from the central R&D lab of one of the world leading digital image processing companies. Unfortunately, the company's name cannot be publicly mentioned at this time, and this plugin is now hidden in STU's private section --- only available to some selected projects. This technology has edges over hand-written documents. Please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.