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20110194737METHOD, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-ACCESSIBLE MEDIUM FOR AUTHENTICATION OF PAPER USING A SPECKLE PATTERN - An exemplary methodology, procedure, system, method and computer-accessible medium can be provided for authenticating a portion of a non-digital medium for a document, by receiving at least one image of at least one first marked portion of the non-digital medium for the document, extracting at least one first speckle pattern of the at least one first marked portion, and comparing the first speckle pattern of the at least one first marked portion with at least one second speckle pattern relating to the non-digital medium to determine if a similarity between the first and second speckle patterns equals or exceeds a predetermined amount.08-11-2011
20110194736FINE-GRAINED VISUAL DOCUMENT FINGERPRINTING FOR ACCURATE DOCUMENT COMPARISON AND RETRIEVAL - A method and system generates fine-grained fingerprints for identifying content in a rendered document. It includes applying image-based techniques to identify patterns in a document rendered by an electronic document rendering system, irrespective of a file format in which the rendered document was electronically created. The applying of the image-based technique includes identifying candidate keypoints at locations in a local image neighborhood of the document, and combining the locations of the candidate keypoints to form a fine-grained fingerprint identifying patterns representing content in the document.08-11-2011
20100027850SELF-ALIGNING MICR LINE TREATMENT APPLICATOR - A magnetic character recognition (MICR) encoding device has a treatment station that applies a chemical treatment to the blank region as the sheets pass along the sheet path that compensates for a fuser release agent that a marking station uses. If blank region was not treated, the fuser release agent might detrimentally affect the printing of the additional magnetic ink markings. In order to properly align the blank region with the treatment station, the embodiments herein include at least one read head that is positioned before the treatment station along the sheet path. A controller analyzes the signals from the read head to determine whether the magnetic ink markings are aligned with the treatment station.02-04-2010
20100104142METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING AUTHENTICITY - In an authenticity determining apparatus, an image-data acquiring unit acquires image data of a paper sheet; a block-value calculating unit divides the image data into a plurality of blocks each composed of a plurality of pixels and calculates a block value of each of blocks; an average-block-value calculating unit calculates an average block value of blocks composing a predetermined area of the image data; a correction-block-value calculating unit calculates a corrected block value of each of the blocks by correcting each of the block values so that the average block value is equal to a predetermined reference value; and an authenticity determining unit that determines authenticity of the paper sheet based on whether each of corrected block values of the blocks composing the predetermined area is within a predetermined allowable numerical range that is preliminarily defined for the predetermined area.04-29-2010
20090154778IDENTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION OF AN UNKNOWN DOCUMENT ACCORDING TO AN EIGEN IMAGE PROCESS - Techniques are described for identifying and validating security documents according to an Eigen image process method. For example, a security document authentication device selects one or more reference documents of different document types, calculates, from the reference documents, one or more Eigen images and Eigen values for the plurality of different document types, and calculates a reference weight coefficient vector of each of the plurality of document types. Upon receiving at least one captured image of an unknown document, the device calculates a weight coefficient vector of the captured image, compares the weight coefficient vector of the captured image and each of the reference weight coefficient vectors of the document types to calculate a plurality of distances, and, based on the plurality of distances, identifies the unknown document as one of the plurality of document types.06-18-2009
20090245590METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING SOILING AND/OR COLOUR FADING IN THE REGION OF COLOUR TRANSITIONS ON DOCUMENTS OF VALUE, AND MEANS FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD - In a method for detecting color transitions caused by soiling and/or color wear in at least one portion of a document of value (10-01-2009
20110064279DOCUMENT HANDLING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a document handling apparatus includes an image detection unit including a plurality of light sources to irradiate a surface of a paper sheet as an inspection target with light from two different directions, and a light receiving unit configured to receive reflected light from the surface of the paper sheet, and configured to detect an image on the surface of the paper sheet, and a detected information processing unit configured process detected information from the image detection unit and determine a defacement degree of the paper sheet. The detected information processing unit is configured to detect gray contamination of the paper sheet from an image detected by simultaneously turning on the plurality of light sources and to detect wrinkles or folds of the paper sheet from an image detected by turning on one of the plurality of light sources.03-17-2011
20090268950Product-Quality Inspection System and Method thereof - In a product-quality inspection system and a method thereof, the system includes an inspection machine for positioning a product; a photographing apparatus for taking an iconology of the product, the photographing apparatus being mounted on the inspection machine so as to align the product, and constantly positioned relative to the product; and an inspection module for digital signal processing, the inspection module being connected to the photographing apparatus, wherein inspection data can be generated by using the photographing apparatus taking an iconology of the product irradiated or fed with typical signals for testing, and the iconology of the product can be converted into digital signals. The method includes the steps of dividing the iconologies of the products each into a plurality of pixel regions; and absolutely or relatively comparing the data of the product for inspection with the data of the qualified product per each corresponding pixel regions of the iconologies, with the latter being as a comparison level for the former, so as to realize the types and locations of defects in the product for inspection and to determine the product quality according to the criteria that has been input from outside through an interface and stored in the inspection module.10-29-2009
20130163828OBJECT WHICH CAN BE AUTHENTICATED AND WHICH CONTAINS A COVER MASKING AN AUTHENTICATING PATTERN - An object which can be authenticated includes a substrate containing at least one authenticating or identification pattern. The pattern is covered by a cover for masking and exposing the pattern. The pattern is fluorescent and comprises organic fluorescent particles and/or inorganic fluorescent particles included in the substrate. The cover can be physically or structurally deformed in order to expose the pattern.06-27-2013
20090252381PAPER-SHEET STAIN DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - In an apparatus for detecting a stain on a paper-sheet, a type and a transportation direction of the paper sheet are identified, and the information on whether each extraction target area of a read image corresponds to a white portion or a patterned portion of the paper sheet are stored. When the extraction target area corresponds to the white portion, a pixel having a lowest pixel value is extracted from a plurality of pixels constituting the extraction target area, and the read image is compressed into the pixel values of the extracted pixels as representative values, to generate a compressed image including a characteristic of a fine graffiti line drawn with a pencil or the like.10-08-2009
20090232360PRE-PRINT DISTORTION - A thermoformed article carries an image. Using a first sheet carrying a grid image and a mold having at least two cavities, a forming carrying a grid distortion pattern for each cavity is made. An initial image is computed for each cavity based on the corresponding grid distortion pattern and a desired image. The initial images are applied to a second sheet. Using the second sheet and the mold, at least two articles are made, each article carrying a distorted image that is substantially similar to the desired image.09-17-2009
20120114188RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING SYSTEM - A process of detecting a defective recording element and a process of correcting the defective recording element are performed with appropriate processing loads. When the detection process and the correction processes are performed with small loads, for example, at a time of recording, a resolution used for reading an inspection pattern is set lower than that set in a case where the processes can be performed with small loads, for example, at down time before recording. The reading resolution to be set may be determined by an apparatus in accordance with a processing load or may be arbitrarily determined by a user.05-10-2012
20130163827METHOD FOR DETECTING ARTIFACTS IN PRINTED CONTENT - A method for detecting artifacts in content printed on a moving print media includes capturing one or more images of the content as the print media is moving to obtain pixel data and averaging the pixel data to produce blur in one direction. The one direction can be the direction the print media is moving. Derivative data of the averaged pixel data is determined. A determination is then made as to whether or not one or more peaks are present in the derivative data. If one or more peaks are present, a determination can be made as to whether or not the one or more peaks meet or exceed a threshold value.06-27-2013
20120269402METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CHECKING A SECURED DOCUMENT - A device for checking a secured object provided with at least one security element for generating sequential or dynamic optical effects according to the orientation thereof and/or the movements applied thereto, has a display screen, a position and/or motion sensor and a device for generating and displaying on the screen a simulation of the nominal security element associated with the secured object, the display depending on the orientation of the device as determined by the position and/or motion sensor, so as to be able to compare the security element of the object to be checked and the simulation according to the respective orientations or movements thereof. A method for checking the secured object is by means of such a device.10-25-2012
20090010498Print emulation of test pattern - Print quality feedback is provided about a printer. Printer operation is monitored to determine when printer parts are not operating correctly. Information indicating which printer parts are not operating correctly is stored. A test pattern is modified to produce an emulated test pattern. The emulated test pattern emulates how the test pattern would appear when printed by the printer. The emulated test pattern includes alterations made to the test pattern based on the information indicating which printer parts are not operating correctly.01-08-2009
20110280450MOBILE IMAGE QUALITY ASSURANCE IN MOBILE DOCUMENT IMAGE PROCESSING APPLICATIONS - Techniques for assuring the quality of mobile document image captured using a mobile device are provided. These techniques include performing one or more tests to assess the quality of images of documents captured using the mobile device. The tests can be selected based on the type of document that was imaged, the type of mobile application for which the image quality of the mobile image is being assessed, and/or other parameters such as the type of mobile device and/or the characteristics of the camera of the mobile device that was used to capture the image. The image quality assurance techniques can also be implemented on can be implemented on a mobile device and/or on a remote server where the mobile device routes the mobile image to the remote server processing and the test results are be passed from the remote server to the mobile device.11-17-2011
20110280452CHARACTER RECOGNITION RESULT VERIFICATION APPARATUS AND CHARACTER RECOGNITION RESULT VERIFICATION METHOD - In one embodiment, a character recognition result verification apparatus has a group generation section and a verification image generation section. The group generation section generates a group including a plurality of character images recognized as the same character from a document image including a plurality of character images. The verification image generation section generates a verification image including a first region and a second region by superimposing the plurality of character images included in the generated group. The first region corresponds to a pixel having the same pixel value in all of the plurality of character images. The second region corresponds to a pixel having the same pixel value in a part of the plurality of character images.11-17-2011
20110280451LEARNING IMAGE ANCHOR TEMPLATES FOR DOCUMENT CLASSIFICATION - Methods, and corresponding systems, of generating one or more image anchor templates for discriminating between documents of a first class and documents of other classes are provided. The methods include generating one or more candidate image anchor templates; determining, using a computer processor, a quality score for each of the one or more candidate image anchor templates; ranking the one or more candidate image anchor templates according to the quality scores of the one or more candidate image anchor templates; and selecting one or more of the most highly ranked image anchor templates.11-17-2011
20120014566MOTION QUALITY ERROR DETECTION IN PRINTING SYSTEMS USING DOCUMENTS HAVING TEXT OR LINE CONTENT - A method for detecting motion quality error of printed documents having text in a printing system includes: printing a document having text lines, each text line comprising a plurality of characters; scanning the printed document to generate a scanned image; detecting positions in a process direction of the printing system of one of text lines and characters in the scanned image; determining position errors in the process direction in the printed document based on the detected positions in the scanned image; determining at least one motion quality defect of the printing system in the process direction based on the determined position errors; and initiating an activity associated with said printing system in response to a motion quality error having been determined. A system for detecting motion quality error of printed documents is also disclosed.01-19-2012
20080310685Methods and Systems for Refining Text Segmentation Results - Aspects of the present invention relate to systems and methods for refining text segmentation results.12-18-2008
20100034430STAIN DETERMINATION APPARATUS, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STAIN DETERMMINATION METHOD - In a stain determination apparatus or sheet processing apparatus, an input processing unit inputs image information containing an inherent variation that is not related to a stain, a feature extracting unit extracts a plurality of feature information items from the image information input by the input processing unit, a separating unit separates a set of the plurality of feature information items extracted by the feature extracting unit into a inherent variation component and another residual component, a determining unit extracts a main component of stain variation indicating a stain degree in the image information input by the input processing unit from the residual component separated by the separating unit and determines a stain degree in the image information based on the magnitude of the extracted stain variation main component.02-11-2010
20090148003BLOCK-BASED NOISE DETECTION AND REDUCTION METHOD WITH PIXEL LEVEL CLASSIFICATION GRANULARITY - A method of detecting noise in an image (06-11-2009
20090148002CAMERA BASED INK APPLICATION VERIFICATION - The present application relates to a method, apparatus and programmable product for verifying print quality of a document assembled on a document manufacturing device. In particular, a system and related method for performing print quality assessment of the document in real-time during manufacture of the document are provided. The present teachings allow for identification of the inherent qualities or pre-existing print markings of the document as a separate process from that of a process for identification and verification of markings applied onto the document by the print operation. In this way, a determination of print quality may be determined irrespective of the influence of the inherent qualities or pre-existing print markings.06-11-2009
20120269403DETERMINING DOCUMENT FITNESS USING ILLUMINATION - According to an illustrative embodiment, a method for detecting a document includes capturing a first plurality of images of a document at a first wavelength of electromagnetic radiation, capturing a second plurality of images of the document at a second wavelength of electromagnetic radiation, and assembling the first and second pluralities of images to form one or more images of the document.10-25-2012
20120269401METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ANALYZING THE QUALITY OF DIGITAL SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION IMAGES - Methods and systems for evaluating an imager that produces bi-chrome images from a scanner or a digital imaging device, the bi-chrome images having pixels of a first and second color. In one embodiment, a method includes generating an image with a hand-held imaging device, the image having pixels of a first color and a second color, analyzing the image to determine information about particles of the first and second color contained in the image, each particle comprising contiguous pixels of the same color, the particle information comprising information on first and second color particle size and count, and determining if the image is unacceptable based on predetermined objective criteria and the particle information.10-25-2012
20100124362DETECTING IMAGE QUALITY DEFECTS BY MEASURING IMAGES PRINTED ON IMAGE BEARING SURFACES OF PRINTING DEVICES - Systems and methods for implementing use of customer documents in maintaining image quality or image quality consistency of printing devices are provided. The system may include a marking engine constructed to print images on an image bearing surface of the print device; one or more color measuring devices for measured toner images formed on the image bearing surface corresponding to the one or more relevant pages, and an image analyzer configured to generate reference images and to compare measured image data with the reference images. The image analyzer may also be configured to analyze input image data for a document and to identify one or more relevant pages of the document that may provide information regarding the state of the printing system to generated reference image data. Comparisons between the color separations of the reference image data and measured image data images may be realized for determining defects.05-20-2010
20090274342PRINTER CHARACTERIZATION, MONITORING AND DIAGNOSIS USING DYNAMIC TEST PATTERNS GENERATED BY SENSING AND ANALYZING CUSTOMER DOCUMENTS - A method for automated image quality based diagnosis of a document printing system is disclosed. The method comprises receiving image data to be printed on a document; printing an image on the document based on the image data; scanning the printed image on the document with a sensor; analyzing the scanned printed image with an image quality analysis module to identify one or more defects in the printed image; automatically generating test pattern image data based on the one or more identified defects; and printing and analyzing a test pattern image based on the test pattern image data.11-05-2009
20080240512CARD IDENTIFYING APPARATUS - A card identifying apparatus according to one embodiment of the invention has a light-receiving portion that reads a card on a pixel basis of a predetermined area as a unit including color information having brightness, RAM that stores image data comprised of a plurality of pixels read by the light-receiving portion, an image data thinning processing section that makes the number of read pixels lower in another direction than in one direction to vary the number of pixels of the image data when the reading means reads the card, and an judgment processing section that identifies authentication of the card based on the image data varied by the image data thinning processing section.10-02-2008
20100303306METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING TEXT-RENDERING QUALITY - Method embodiments of the present invention provide for semi-automated or fully automated assessment of the quality of device-rendered text, including graphical symbols, characters, and other printable or displayable patterns. Method embodiments of the present invention employ one or more metrics that involve the comparison of input characters, including text characters, symbols, and character-like graphics, with corresponding digital output characters obtained by capturing images of characters rendered by a character-rendering device. The one or more metrics include individual computed relative entropy APQi metrics, reflective of differences in character-to-character distance distributions between one input character c, and the set of input characters c*, a cumulative computed relative entropy APQ, stroke irregularity, contrast measure, sharpness, and background uniformity. These individual metrics can be computed and stored separately as well as output to a user of a character-rendering-quality measurement system, or may be combined together in various ways to produce one or more comprehensive, cumulative metrics for storage and output.12-02-2010
20090003656Devices for checking the quality of sheets - The invention relates to a device for checking the quality of articles to be checked, comprising a first inspection device which detects image data of a surface on the front side of the article to be checked and an evaluation device which evaluates the quality of the article to be checked based on the detection result of the inspection device. A second inspection device is provided for detecting a rear side of the articles to be checked and a third inspection device is provided for illuminating the articles to be checked.01-01-2009
20110206242Instrumental Support for Monitoring the Color Imprint in the Manufacture of Surfaces Patterned in Multiple Colors - A method is disclosed that relates to maintaining or improving the end quality of the visual color imprint of multiple-colored patterned surfaces. These surfaces cannot be measured using the decorations that are manufactured by printing processes, the so-called primary decoration, because subsequent processes change the color imprint further resulting in the so-called secondary color imprint. According to the invention, prediction rules are determined based on samples from the primary and secondary decorations during a learning phase to establish from n-channel images of samples of the primary decoration color imprint characteristics and convert those to such characteristics for the secondary decoration; and/or to establish from n-channel images of samples of the primary decoration images of the secondary decoration and to calculate color imprint characteristics. Color imprint characteristics are extracted and converted with the aid of the prediction rules to the color imprint characteristics of the secondary decoration, and applied.08-25-2011
20100266163METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINISTIC DOCUMENT QUALITY ASSURANCE - A method and system for automating quality assurance for one or more documents, including a repository configured for electronically storing a plurality of forms; a computing subsystem for: accessing at least one of the plurality of forms, and selectively encoding the at least one of the plurality of forms with at least one electronic mark to obtain at least one encoded document with the at least one electronic mark; a document processing subsystem for: both scanning a print corresponding with the at least one encoded document and detecting the at least one electronic mark, and for: (a) generating a first bitmap from the at least one encoded document, (b) using the at least one electronic mark to generate a second bitmap from a form related document retrieved from the form repository, and (c) comparing the first and second bitmaps to determine if the first and second bitmaps substantially match.10-21-2010
20080232648SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SORTING DOCUMENT IMAGES BASED ON IMAGE QUALITY - A document processing system and method for using image quality to sort documents. The document processing system comprises: a document sorting system that designates a destination pocket for each document based on data gathered from each document; a document imaging system that captures an image of each document; and an image quality analysis system that analyzes each image and causes any document having an unacceptable image to be redirected to an unacceptable destination pocket.09-25-2008
20110228988ON-PAPER IMAGE QUALITY METRIC USING ON-BELT SENSING - What is disclosed is a novel system and method for determining printer performance in terms of image quality (IQ) on-paper using on-belt measurements. First, image noise is measured via sensing of single-separation device-dependent colors on an imaging member for a target marking device. Such single-separation device-dependent colors, in one embodiment, comprise cyan, magenta, yellow and black. A predictive correlation model is used to project the image noise of the single-separation device-dependent colors when printed on a substrate. A noise prediction model is used to estimate image noise performance values of multi-separation device-dependent colors on a substrate from the projected single-separation device-dependent colors on a substrate. In one embodiment, the predictive correlation model comprises a separation-dependent polynomial equation. The estimated image noise performance values on a substrate are used to determine image quality metric of the target marking device.09-22-2011
20110142294METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IDENTIFYING A PRINTING PLATE FOR A DOCUMENT - A method for identifying a printing plate for a document includes: 06-16-2011
20110142293System And Method For Identifying A Genuine Printed Document - A system and method for verifying that a document is included in a document management system is disclosed. This system and method includes scanning of a scan track of a document, generating document data dependently upon the scanning, comparing the generated document data to stored document data, the stored document data generated dependently upon a prior scanning of the scan track of the document, and outputting an indication of the document being included in the document management system as determined by the comparing.06-16-2011
20130121539VALUABLE FILE IDENTIFICATION METHOD AND IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM, DEVICE THEREOF - A valuable file identification method includes step 1: selecting a characteristic area of the valuable file, and extracting a valuable file characteristic for last classification; step 2: an input valuable file is fast classified according to the extracted valuable file characteristic in step 1 to gain the banknote kind, denomination, direction and image quality information of the valuable file, and the banknote with better image quality and bad image quality are selected; step 3: an image restoration technique is utilized based on a partial differential equation to restore the old banknote image; step 4: the new banknote is directly identified and the old banknote is identified via the restored image to judge the authenticity of the current banknote; step 5: a result is output. The method enables eliminating restoration treatment for images comprising good quality and uninterested area, and saving time and improving system processing efficiency. A valuable file identification system and a valuable file identification device are also disclosed.05-16-2013
20090296993Job integrity sensing with clear toner, output management and control system - The present exemplary embodiment relates to a job integrity and verification system which uses patches comprised of at least one symbology printed in non-visible ink and attached to the individual components of a job. The patches are detected, read, and interpreted by use of an inline spectrophotometer. The content of the plurality of patches are compared and when a match is detected, the components containing the patches are combined together into one end item finished product.12-03-2009
20110235868Inspection System - A system for inspecting a product that includes a scanner to scan across the product and generate an image of the product, the image including a matrix of pixels each having a grayscale value, and an analyzing device electrically coupled with the scanner to receive and analyze the image of the product, the analyzing device including a microprocessor to calculate a reference grayscale value associated with each of the pixels in the image, wherein the reference grayscale value includes an average of the grayscale values of pixels located adjacent to the each pixel, a memory to store the reference grayscale value associated with each of the pixels and at least one threshold associated with the reference grayscale value, and a comparing module to compare the grayscale value of each of the pixels in the image with the at least one threshold associated with the each pixel.09-29-2011
20100189311Method for controlling the quality of printed documents based on pattern matching - A method for controlling the quality of printed documents, such as banknotes, in which only part of the surface of the printed documents is available for inspection, comprising the steps of (i) storing a reference image; (ii) acquiring a sample image of a sample printed document to be controlled, which sample image covers only a limited portion of the sample printed document; (iii) selecting a search pattern within the acquired sample image; (iv) searching the reference image for a match with the selected search pattern, (v) determining control parameters linked to the position of the search pattern within said sample image and within said reference image, (vi) comparing the control parameters linked to the position of the search pattern within the sample image with the control parameters linked to the position of the search pattern within the reference image; and (vii) based on the results of the comparison of the control parameters, accepting or rejecting the sample printed document.07-29-2010
20090279744METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ANALYZING THE QUALITY OF DIGITAL SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION IMAGES - Methods and systems for evaluating an imager that produces bi-chrome images from a scanner or a digital imaging device, the bi-chrome images having pixels of a first and second color. In one embodiment, a method includes generating an image with a hand-held imaging device, the image having pixels of a first color and a second color, analyzing the image to determine information about particles of the first and second color contained in the image, each particle comprising contiguous pixels of the same color, the particle information comprising information on first and second color particle size and count, and determining if the image is unacceptable based on predetermined objective criteria and the particle information.11-12-2009
20090245589IMAGE INSPECTING APPARATUS - An image inspecting apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive the sheet from the image forming section; a reading unit configured to read the image formed on the sheet received by the receiving unit; an inspection unit configured to inspect the image read by the reading unit; and a sheet stack portion configured to temporarily stack the sheet read by the reading unit and to eject the stacked sheet, the sheet stack portion stacking the sheet so as to obtain a time to be used for inspecting the image by the inspection unit.10-01-2009
20090161916MAP-BASED AESTHETIC EVALUATION OF DOCUMENT LAYOUTS - A method is disclosed for determining the aesthetic quality of a document page. The method partitions the document page into a plurality of regions according to a predetermined map. Each region is then evaluated to determine whether the region is of acceptable aesthetic quality according to a predetermined profile corresponding to the region and defined by the map. The profile comprises (i) one or more measures of region properties; (ii) an acceptability rule corresponding to each measure; and (iii) a region decision rule (06-25-2009
20130136314IMAGE INSPECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE INSPECTION METHOD, AND IMAGE INSPECTION PROGRAM - An image inspection apparatus for inspecting a recording medium having first and second sides is devised. The image inspection apparatus includes a penetrated-image information obtaining unit to obtain information of penetrated-image; an inspection information storage to store information of upper permissible limit of image penetration; a pre-print image penetration inspection unit to obtain an image penetration level from the first side to the second side, to compare the obtained image penetration level and the upper permissible limit, and to inspect an image penetration from the first side to the second side; a pre-print image penetration prediction unit to predict, before an image is formed on the second side, an image penetration level from the second side to the first side; and a post-print image inspection unit to inspect images on the first and second sides after forming the image on the second side.05-30-2013
20100310131METHOD FOR DETERMINING A QUALITY STANDARD FOR A PRODUCT PROCESSED BY A PROCESSING MACHINE - The invention relates to a method for determining a quality standard for a product processed by a processing machine, in particular a printing press, having at least two printing units, in which the processing positions of the at least two printing units relative to one another are determined, and based on the determined processing positions, the quality standard is ascertained.12-09-2010
20100303305METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING PRINTED IMAGES - A method, diagnostic tool and system are provided for evaluating printing defects. A captured image of a printed sheet is received and a profile generated of the printed sheet, this profile being representative of tonal variations in the printed sheet. The profile is analyzed in a plurality of different scales and an assessment made of the significance of one or more features of a printing defect throughout the plurality of different scales. From the assessed significance of the one or more features, an evaluation is carried out, in each of the plurality of different scales, of the severity of the printing defect.12-02-2010
20110044510OPTICAL CONTROL METHOD FOR FURTHER PRINT PROCESSING - Optical control method and apparatus for application in the further print processing of large-area printed products, in which the large-area printed products are moved along a conveyance path past at least one optical sensor (02-24-2011
20110033089APPARATUS FOR APPRAISING THE GENUINENESS OF PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS - An apparatus for appraising the genuineness of personal identification documents is provided with: an image reading section that reads an image of a personal identification document; an extraction section that extracts a monochromatic filled region from the image read by the image reading section; and a decision section that decides that the personal identification document is forged if a specified image pattern is present in the monochromatic filled region extracted by the extraction section, and that decides that a personal identification document is not forged if the specified image pattern is not present in the filled region.02-10-2011
20110019881METHOD OF CREATING DICTIONARY FOR SOIL DETECTION OF A SHEET, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND SHEET PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a method of creating a dictionary for soil detection of a sheet includes dividing a sensible area in first and second adjustment images into a plurality of areas, calculating a first characteristic amount of each divided area of the first adjustment image, calculating a second characteristic amount of each divided area of the second adjustment image, calculating a mean and a variance of the first and second characteristic amounts of each area, setting weight data for each area based on the calculated mean and variance, and storing the weight data together with threshold values for soil detection of a sheet.01-27-2011
20090214085REDUCTION OF INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED DOCUMENT SCANNING DEFECTS - In general, this disclosure describes techniques of reducing the possibility of an image evaluation device incorrectly identifying defects in images of documents. Some defects may be apparent in the images of both sides of a document. For instance, a tear in a document could be apparent in an image of a front side and an image of a rear side of the document. However, the image evaluation device could erroneously identify such a tear in an image of one side of the document. In this case, the tear would not be apparent in the image of the other side of the document. To reduce the possibility that the image evaluation device erroneously identifies such a defect, the image evaluation device may determine whether defects identified in the image of the front side of the document correspond to defects identified in the image of the rear side of the document.08-27-2009
20110243393Repeating Band Print Artifact Evaluation - A method and apparatus are provided for evaluating the severity in a printed image of a repeating band print artifact. After electronically capturing the printed image, each of a plurality of patches taken from captured image is analysed to produce an artifact severity measure for the patch; an overall artifact severity value is then determined for the printed image from the patch severity measures. The analysis of each patch involves producing a spatial intensity profile across the patch substantially at right angles to an expected direction of extent of any repeating band print artifact present; a Fourier-related transform is then applied to the spatial intensity profile and the patch artifact severity measure generated by summing the resultant spatial frequency coefficients in a limited range about a frequency of interest.10-06-2011
20090052744APPLICATION-PROCEDURE FRAUD RISK EVALUATION APPARATUS - An application-procedure fraud risk evaluation apparatus having a unit for preparing, based on relationships between each document for identity verification and other one or more documents and procedures required for acquiring the each document for identity verification, relationships between a document group and procedures which are required to acquire a target document for identity verification, which is necessary in a predetermined application, and for holding the prepared relationships as an identity verification diagram for the predetermined application; a unit for accepting, as fraud case data, fraudulent cases that have occurred in the application procedures and/or in acquiring the each document for identity verification; and a unit for evaluating, based on the identity verification diagram and the fraud case data, in which one of the documents for identity verification a fraudulent document is presented with a higher possibility when fraudulent applications are performed in the application procedures.02-26-2009
20100054544Photography Auto-Triage - Photography auto-triage is described. In embodiment(s), at least a portion of each photograph in a group of photographs can be analyzed with triage filters of an auto-triage service to identify deficient photographs. A deficient photograph can be identified and then removed from the group of photographs.03-04-2010
20090028392Document Comparison Method And Apparatus - The method compares a first document 01-29-2009
20100128934METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TESTING VALUE DOCUMENTS - The invention relates to a method and apparatus for recognizing forged value documents, for example composed forgeries which are assembled from parts of different value documents. In the inventive method, the signal intensity of a measuring signal is determined at a plurality of measuring points on a value document. For one or more selected groups of measuring points which are disposed in particular along certain directions on the value document there are determined gradient values of the signal intensities. The gradient values of a group are subsequently linked to form a connection strength of the group which provides a quantitative statement about the extent to which a large gradient value exists consistently within the particular group. From a relatively great connection strength there can be inferred the presence of a separating line in the area of the selected group of measuring points.05-27-2010
20110075890IMAGE INSPECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE INSPECTION METHOD, AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS - An image inspection apparatus includes a pre-printed element reduction section that reduces influence of a pre-printed element on inspection and generates an inspection object image, and a comparative inspection section that compares the inspection object image with the additionally-recorded data, to inspect a performance level of a result of overprinting. Captured image data of the pre-printed paper image and the overprinted image is given to the pre-printed element reduction section. By using the captured image data of the pre-printed paper image, the pre-printed element reduction section reduces the pre-printed element included in the captured image data of the overprinted image and newly prepares the inspection object image.03-31-2011
20110081051AUTOMATED QUALITY AND USABILITY ASSESSMENT OF SCANNED DOCUMENTS - The present disclosure refers to automated quality and usability assessment of scanned documents and illustrates embodiments pertaining to systems and methods utilized to achieve the same. The system comprises a user interface, a document analyzer coupled to the user interface, an error monitor coupled to the document analyzer and a usability processor coupled to the error monitor. The user interface enables a user to input intended purpose of scanned document as well as pre-determined parameters such as touching characters, broken characters, font height, density, too-dark, too-light, photo in B&W document, font to assess the quality of the scanned document etc.. The document analyzer is configured to analyze and ascertain whether the scanned document is in an appropriate format in accordance with the intended purpose of the scanned document. The error monitor further comprises a usability error identification unit, a page error identification unit, a scanner identification unit and a tangible error identification unit. The usability processor further comprises a text identification unit, a textual processing unit coupled to the text identification unit and an analysis unit coupled to the textual processing unit and an image analysis unit.04-07-2011
20110064278SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETECT CHANGES IN IMAGE QUALITY - A systems and methods for providing an image forming machine capable of monitoring the image quality of images that the image forming machine produces and detecting changes in the image quality. The monitoring system using statistical techniques to fit predetermined models to a measured image quality of time sequence of formed images. The predetermined models used to find current and predicted values of image quality and notifying a user or service provider when the image quality has changed.03-17-2011
20110158484OPTICAL CONTROL METHOD FOR DETECTING PRINTED PRODUCTS DURING PRINT FINISHING - An optical control method for use in print finishing, comprising the following steps: First, guiding a planar printed product (06-30-2011
20110158483METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTHENTICATING PRINTED DOCUMENTS USING MULTI-LEVEL IMAGE COMPARISON BASED ON DOCUMENT CHARACTERISTICS - A document authentication method compares a target document image (scanned image) with an original document image at multiple levels, such as block (e.g. paragraph, graphics, image), line, word and character levels. The paragraph level comparison determines whether the target and original images have the same number of paragraphs and whether the paragraphs have the same sizes and locations; the line level comparison determines if the target and original images have the same number of lines and whether the lines have the same sizes and locations; etc. Document segmentation is performed on the target and original images to segment them into paragraph units, line units, etc. for purposes of the comparisons. The original document may be segmented beforehand and the segmentation information stored for later use. The authentication process may be designed to stop when alterations are detected at a higher level, so lower level comparisons are not carried out.06-30-2011
20090148004IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - Prior to image output of output information, printing information is analyzed and an important inspection processing item regarding inspection to be performed on the image output, and an inspection point, are selected. Inspection instruction information including the important inspection processing item and the inspection point that have been selected is generated for inspection of the output results which are image-output. The generated inspection instruction information is then output.06-11-2009
20120121139INSPECTION APPARATUS, INSPECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An inspection apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to receive a target image obtained by scanning a printed surface of a printed material and receive a reference image obtained from print data of the printed surface; an analysis unit configured to analyze the reference image to obtain flatness levels indicating degrees of variation in pixel values; and a control unit configured to determine inspection thresholds for different types of image areas in the reference image based on the flatness levels, compare the reference image and the target image to detect differences in pixel values, and determine whether the differences are greater than or equal to the inspection thresholds to inspect print quality of the printed surface for the respective image areas.05-17-2012
20110255750METHOD AND DEVICE FOR EXAMINING VALUE DOCUMENTS - The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for checking the usage state of a document of value. The document of value is illuminated with illumination light and with the help of an image sensor there is detected the light intensity of the light reflected from the document of value in order to take an image of the document of value. Of the taken image there is chosen an image detail in which there is imaged an opaque, reflective section of the document of value. The chosen image detail is examined for signs of creases which are possibly present in the opaque, reflective section of the document of value. The results of the examination for creases are used to evaluate the usage state of the document of value.10-20-2011
20110135162IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus according to the present invention comprises, a form registration component configured to register a plurality of document forms; a characteristic amount generation component configured to generate respective characteristic amounts of the plurality of the document forms registered in the form registration component; a representative characteristic amount extraction component configured to extract a difference between the plurality of the document forms as a representative characteristic amount which is used for identifying the forms, by using the generated characteristic amount; a reading component configured to read a document to be checked; and a form determination component configured to determine which document form among the plurality of document forms registered in the form registration component corresponds to the document to be checked that is read by the reading component, by using the representative characteristic amount extracted by the representative characteristic amount extraction component.06-09-2011
20090208065IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image reading apparatus, in which sheets being transported are illuminated by an illuminating unit, one after another, and a sensor having an imaging elements arranged in a line photographs the sheets, one after another. A white-reference part is provided in a part of the photographing region of the sensor. A black-reference part guides the light reflected by the illuminating unit to the sensor when a sheet lies in the photographing region of the sensor, and to restrict application of the light reflected by the illuminating unit to the sensor when no sheets lie in the photographing region of the sensor.08-20-2009
20080219513PRINT QUALITY EVALUATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRINT QUALITY EVALUATION - A method and apparatus to evaluate print quality determines an indicator thereof by measuring a reflectance of printed dots by scanning a medium on which pattern data having a predetermined pattern is printed. The predetermined pattern includes a highlight region and a shadow region. An average of reflectances of the highlight region in the predetermined pattern and an average of reflectances of the shadow region thereof are determined, and a contrast value is determined from a difference between the averages. The indicator is determined from the contrast value. Accordingly, deterioration of print quality that occurs due to a mismatch of a print position is considered, and furthermore, a change in print gradation and a degree of mixing with noise components is also considered in the print quality evaluation.09-11-2008
20110052010BANDING DEFECT DETECTION IN DIGITAL IMAGING SYSTEMS - What is disclosed is a novel system and method for banding defect detection and analysis in digital imaging systems. The present method utilizes the gray levels of image regions and a collection of sequence of user images to improve the banding analysis. One embodiment hereof includes: segmenting images into regions; determining banding information for each page over a given sequence of images and detecting problem banding defect frequencies; estimating the banding amplitude(s) and average gray levels for each segmented region for each identified banding frequency(ies); and determining, through a process of interpolation, the banding amplitude for the image or sequence of images based on the banding amplitude and average gray levels of each region. Thereafter, notification can be provided to a key operator when the amplitude(s) are expected to exceed pre-determined levels over the course of a production run. The method demonstrates advantages in banding detection over whole-page methods.03-03-2011
20100166264APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ANALYSING A SECURITY DOCUMENT - We provide an apparatus and method for analysing a security document. An x-ray source is adapted to illuminate at least one inspection region of the security document when located at an inspection position. An x-ray detector adapted to receive x-rays from the at least one inspection region of the document and to generate a corresponding detector response. A processor analyses the detector response and generates an output signal indicative of the structure of the document in the at least one inspection region.07-01-2010
20090175504Image processing system - An image processing system capable of checking whether or not an image is correctly read, and of easily correcting an image which is not correctly read is provided. The image processing system includes: an image processing apparatus A which has a reading section 07-09-2009
20100027851Apparatus, method and process for the stochastic marking and tracking of printed products - A system and method records and identifies certain attributes of printed products for verifying their authentication and for tracking individual printed products or copies of printed products. In embodiment of the invention, a static code with redundant information and with high spatial resolution is applied on the printed product and the optoelectronic detection of the printed image on the printed product is carried out by means of a line-scan or area-scan camera or a laser scanner within a printing machine or an additional processing machine. The data are decoded after their acquisition by means of the optoelectronic detection device and the decoded data are used for characterizing an individual printed image and/or the printing process.02-04-2010
20120148114IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE, AND PROGRAM FOR PROCESSING IMAGE - An image processing device is comprising: an input unit which inputs image data of a chart; and a streak detection processing unit which specifies an inspection region in the inputted image data, calculates a line average which is an average of all pixels on a line, for each line in a sub-scanning direction in the inspection region, calculates a width average value which is an average of the line averages of the lines corresponding to a series of main scanning pixels, the number of which is a specified width and whose center is a target pixel, for each target pixel, calculates a difference between the width average value, and the average of the line averages of the target pixel and a predetermined number of main scanning pixels, and determines that the target pixel is included in a streak when the difference exceeds the threshold value set in advance.06-14-2012
20120020532PROVIDING FEEDBACK ABOUT AN IMAGE OF A FINANCIAL DOCUMENT - A technique for providing feedback about an image of a financial document to a user is described. During this feedback technique, the user provides the image of a financial document, such as W-2 form. For example, the user may take a picture of or may scan the financial document. This image may be analyzed using predefined information in a set of financial documents (such as different types of income-tax documents), and a quality metric for the image may be determined using the analysis. Moreover, the feedback, which is based on the determined quality metric, may be provided to the user. For example, the user may be instructed to retake the image, and the instructions may include an image of the desired orientation and content. In this way, the user may be advised as to how to improve the quality metric in the revised image.01-26-2012
20120027264IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image processing method for inspecting an image includes creating synthetic image information in which information is synthesized with main image information in a visible state which the human eyes perceive in an invisible state which is hard to perceive with the human eyes, printing the synthetic image information onto a medium, acquiring an image printed on the medium as an inspection image information, extracting information embedded in the main image information from the inspection image acquired, and determining a fault in the image printed on the medium based on an extraction result of information.02-02-2012
20120063647Visible authentication patterns for printed document - A technique for determining authenticity of analog forms such as packaging or documents determines whether the analog form has been made directly from a digital representation or by photocopying or scanning an analog form. The technique makes the determination by comparing an original digital representation of a portion of the analog form having an authentication pattern with a digital recording of the portion from the analog form and measuring differences in features that are affected by the operations of photocopying or scanning. The authentication pattern may depend on a key or on other information displayed on the analog form. Another pattern may be displayed on the analog form to locate the pattern.03-15-2012
20100266164METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING AND DETECTING A DOCUMENT VERIFICATION INDICATOR USING OPTICAL PATTERN ENCRYPTION - A method and apparatus for creating and detecting an optically encoded document having a uniquely designed document verification indicator is disclosed. One embodiment includes applying a spatially varying Brewster angle pattern on a substrate. Another embodiment includes an apparatus for detecting the spatially varying Brewster angle pattern including a light source, a slit aperture, a polarizer, at least one parabolic mirror, and an image capturing device.10-21-2010
20110103653COUPON COPY PROTECTION - A data distribution system which includes business groups, a client system and a main database system is described. Coupons and coupon data may be exchanged between the business groups, the client system and the main database system. Each coupon being exchanged may include one or more fraud protection features that can neither be altered nor tampered by users, consumers or retailers.05-05-2011
20080298641Method and Device for the Selective Processing of Printed Products - Printed products are optionally processed in a preliminary stage (12-04-2008
20120237087IMAGE QUALITY DEFECT DETECTION VIA SENSOR CHARACTERIZATION AND HALFTONE DOT CLASSIFICATION - What is disclosed is a system and method for image quality (IQ) defect detection via classification of halftone dots present on customer prints. In one embodiment, spatially-varying thresholds are applied on the sensed image in order to classify the halftone dots for IQ defect detection. The resolving power of the sensor is characterized and the sensor responses to patches printed with the print device are characterized. A de-blurring filter is designed which is appropriate for compensating the characterized resolving power of the sensor. Image enhancement is applied to the image using the de-blurring filter. Halftone dots present on the prints are classified by analyzing the enhanced image with the results of the sensor response characterization. Once classified, single separation halftone dot images can be more readily analyzed for defects. The present method allows sensor resolution as low as the size of the halftone dots of the printer under test.09-20-2012
20100232652System And Method For Adjusting Operation Of Printheads In An Ink Printing Device - A method evaluates image quality in an ink printing system and generates data values for altering the operation of the ink printing system. The method includes generating an ink image on an ink image receiving member that corresponds to a digital image stored in the ink printing system, generating a scanned image signal corresponding to the ink image, generating firing signal waveform adjustments and image data adjustments with reference to the scanned image signal corresponding to the ink image, and operating a printhead in an ink imaging system with reference to the firing signal waveform adjustments and the image data adjustments.09-16-2010
20080247605SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SORTING DOCUMENT IMAGES BASED ON IMAGE QUALITY - A document processing system and method for using image quality to sort documents. The document processing system comprises: a document sorting system that designates a destination pocket for each document based on data gathered from each document; a document imaging system that captures an image of each document; and an image quality analysis system that analyzes each image and causes any document having an unacceptable image to be redirected to an unacceptable destination pocket.10-09-2008
20080247604CARD IDENTIFYING APPARATUS - A card identifying apparatus according to one embodiment of the invention has a light-receiving portion that reads a card on a pixel basis of a predetermined area as a unit including color information having brightness, RAM that stores image data comprised of a plurality of pixels read by the light-receiving portion, a pixel data increasing/decreasing processing section that increases/decreases the number of pixels of the image data, and card identifying means for identifying authentication of the card based on the image data increased/decreased by the pixel data increasing/decreasing processing section.10-09-2008
20080226133Use of Optical Sensors for Spray Jet Diagnostics - An automated method of evaluating an electrospray jet includes: capturing image information about the electrospray jet, enhancing the image information to provide a clearer image when needed, comparing the captured image information, and generating a signal to indicative of the electrospray jet operation. The signal may be used to automatically adjust the electrospray.09-18-2008
20080212845Automatic form generation - A computer system and method for generating a plurality of unique forms, such as invoices or medical claim forms, that may be populated with data to produce test forms for testing automatic document processing systems. A blank form image is selected, and a layout data file is created that includes information on the locations of data fields on the blank form image, data types, and the formatting of data in the data fields. Corresponding data fields on each form are populated with different data sets comprising pre-defined data, random data or a combination of data to create a plurality different forms for the testing of the document processing system.09-04-2008
20080212844Method for the Early Identification of a Deviation in the Printed Images that Have Been Created by a Printing Press During Continuous Production - A method is used for the early identification of a deviation in the printed images which have been formed by a printing press during continuous production. A second decision threshold is provided, in addition to a decision regarding good or bad print quality. A current printed image, that has been captured, is compared with a reference image. If the current image deviates from the reference image, that deviation is evaluated using two decision thresholds.09-04-2008
20110222739Determining Calibration Parameters for a Lithographic Process - A technique for determining a set of calibration parameters for use in a model of a photo-lithographic process is described. In this calibration technique, images of a test pattern that was produced using the photo-lithographic process are used to determine corresponding sets of calibration parameters. These images are associated with at least three different focal planes in an optical system, such as a photo-lithographic system that implements the photo-lithographic process. Moreover, an interpolation function is determined using the sets of calibration parameters. This interpolation function can be used to determine calibration parameters at an arbitrary focal plane in the photo-lithographic system for use in simulations of the photo-lithographic process, where the set of calibration parameters are used in a set of transmission cross coefficients in the model of the photo-lithographic process.09-15-2011
20130136315IMAGE INSPECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE INSPECTION METHOD, AND IMAGE INSPECTION PROGRAM - An image inspection method and apparatus for inspecting images output on sheets including a reference white plate disposed at a position of the transport route of sheet while facing a scan position for scanning a sheet; a contact glass disposed opposite the reference white plate; an image scanning device fixed facing the scan position to conduct a scanning operation through the contact glass, a noise detector to detect a first noise image in a blank area of the inspection sheet by scanning the blank area of the inspection sheet, and a second noise image in the reference white plate by scanning the reference white plate; and a stain source determination unit to determine a noise origin from the contact glass or the reference white plate.05-30-2013
20130148862SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBTAINING FINANCIAL OFFERS USING MOBILE IMAGE CAPTURE - Systems and methods for applying for and creating balance transfers with a mobile device are provided. An image of a customer's financial statement can be taken using a mobile device, after which the image is analyzed to extract information relevant to creating a balance transfer. The extracted information is then communicated to a bank over a network connected with the mobile device, where the bank can process the information and create an offer to the customer for a balance transfer in real-time. An example financial statement is a credit card statement. These systems and methods may comprise capturing an image of a document using a mobile communication device; transmitting the image to a server; detecting relevant information within the image; transmitting the information to a bank; and transmitting a resulting balance transfer offer from the bank to the mobile device.06-13-2013
20130148863INSPECTION APPARATUS, INSPECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An inspection apparatus performs position adjustment between a reference image and an target image in a band region of a predetermined band size by using information of a feature point in the band region having the predetermined band size and information of a feature point in a region adjacent to the band region, and performs inspection of the printed document based on the comparison of the reference image and the target image.06-13-2013
20100310132PROCEDURE FOR VERIFYING THE INTEGRITY OF DOCUMENT - Procedure for verifying the integrity of documents which comprises a characterization of the original document to obtain a hash (12-09-2010
20120070040Automated Inspection Of A Printed Image - Automated inspection method for detecting a defect in a printed image, comprising processing a raster image, sending the raster image to a print process, printing a printed image corresponding to the raster image onto a medium, capturing a target image from at least a part of the printed image at a lower resolution than the printed image, at least in a medium moving direction, converting at least a part of the raster image to a reference image, and comparing the reference image to the target image.03-22-2012

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