OMR (Optical Mark Recognition)


OMR is short for optical mark recognition, the technology of electronically extracting intended data from marked fields, such as checkboxes and fill-infields, on printed forms.  OMR is accomplished by using a hardware device (scanner) that detects a reflection or limited light transmittance on or through piece of paper. OMR software with the help of an imaging scanner is used to scan a printed form and reads predefined positions and records where marks are made on the form. This technology is useful for applications in which large numbers of hand-filled forms need to be processed quickly and with great accuracy, such as surveys, reply cards, questionnaires and ballots. A common OMR application is the use of “PUJAB forms” for registration of students for national exams like PLE, UACE and UCE. The student indicates the categories of identity on the form like the letters in their names by shading the corresponding bubble, and the form is fed through an optical mark reader (also abbreviated as OMR, a device that scans the document and reads the data from the marked fields).  OMR allows for the processing of hundreds or thousands of physical documents per hour. The error rate for OMR technology is less than 1%.



Field types that are used in OMR

The questionnaires used in data collection come in various types of fields depending on what the user prefers as explained below;

a)      Multiple

This is used where there are several options but only one is chosen. For example, the form might ask for one of the options ABCDE and12345.

b)      Grid

This is field type where the bubbles or lines are set up in a grid format for the user to fill in a phone number, name, and ID number and so on.

c)      Add

This is the field type where the answers are totaled to a single value.

d)     Boolean,

This is a field type where a user answers yes or no to all questions that apply.

e)      Binary

This is a field type where a user answers yes or no to only one question

f)       Dotted lines fields,

This is a field type that allows border dropping like traditional color dropping.


Uses of OMR

OMR is used In the process of research, Consumer surveys, assessments, Evaluations and feedback, Data compilation, Product evaluation, Time sheets and inventory counts, Membership subscription forms, Lotteries and voting, Geo-coding  Mortgage loan, banking, and insurance applications.


Coseke specializes in providing automated form processing solutions. Automated form processing comes in handy when an organization is dealing with numerous forms. The techniques used for forms processing automation are called ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition) OCR (Optical Character Recognition), and OMR (Optical Mark Recognition).

However, if the form is paper-based, scanning is needed. Coseke also specializes in conversion of paper documents into digital images which comes along with top notch highly effective document and other specialized scanners. By scanning the forms, the forms processing software creates an electronic image (Document Imaging) from which information can be extracted. The extracted information is then interpreted and validated in a highly automated process. The last phase is the transfer of the information into your business system.


Why automated form processing?

  • Quality:

Automated form processing ensures that information remains of high quality that can be interpreted for making business decisions. This is justified by the error rate for OMR technology being less than 1%.

  • Cost reduction:

Manually processing information is not only tedious but also costly in regards to time wasted. With automated form processing solutions provided by Coseke, more work done will be in a short thus ensuring that an organization is productive.

  • Convenience:

The forms processing software, captures information from any kind of source. The forms can be on fax, email, web or even handwriting. Just put your forms into a scanner and let our data capture solution do the rest for you.


        COSEKE is a full service Electronic Content Management solutions provider and has vast experience from over 20 years. We promise high quality solutions that enhance efficiency and effectiveness in organisations.

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