Case Codeska

Case study BLOR

Bill of Lading Optical Recognition

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The platform solves the problem of manual data entry from bills of lading (other template documents are also tolerable) and transferring data to the ERP systems of logistics companies. Codeska has created a cloud platform with a neural network that detects text on scanned or photographed documents and breaks it down according to the required fields.

Self-developed algorithms allow us to achieve 98-100% quality of text recognition, even in cases of images taken at an angle and in poor lighting. Recognition speed up to 12 seconds / document! BLOR already recognizes 15 container lines with high quality: CMA-CGM, COSCO, MRF, MSC, ONE, OOCL, ZIM, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, Arkas, Admiral, Evergreen, Seego, Seth Shipping, Yang-Ming, others are under development.

Project Status

Date

Feb 2020 ~ Sept 2020 (developing) | Sep 2020 - Dec 2020 Alpha-test | Jan 2021 - Feb 2021 Beta-test | Feb 2021 - released

Developed

Web application

Users

15 users in Feb-March 2021

Target Audience

B2B (Business-To-Business): Freight forwarders, customs brokers, any company with huge mass of template documents

Team

10 people: Product Owner, Product Manager, Product Marketing, Data Scientist, Team Lead, Backend, DevOps, Frontend, UX/UI, QA

Business Analysis

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Relevance / Problem

Many formats - Bills of lading, despite the standardization, differ for each line in the arrangement of the fields. Dreary manual work - filling the data from bills into ERP system manually. The human factor, lost profit - the cost of an error in a single document for a company can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars and freeze accounts for years.

Solution

We taught BLOR to define the fields of documents and the data in each field. Proprietary ML-algorithms have helped to achieve 98-100% accuracy with a recognition speed of up to 10-12 seconds per document. Poor quality images, angled images, or taken in low light are all handled by BLOR.
Our web application, protected by your username and password, does not require a lengthy installation process and is available anywhere in the world. Minimum actions, maximum speed, and results. The recognized data itself is of little value if it is not synchronized with the user's ERP system. BLOR provides the ability to synchronize with various systems. This way you can guarantee the accuracy of the information in your contract database.
BLOR automatically recognizes standard fields, protecting the user from mistakes in critical fields such as bill of lading number and booking number. The platform makes it possible to define, assign and bind each type of cargo to containers in a couple of clicks. Thus, reducing the operating costs of the company for applying by different people (go alone, but expensive in man-hours).

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Technical advantages

Technologies

JS and Python as the perfect mix for microservices to work. Semantic analysis, automatic image processing, OCR, and further work with word arrays.

Web application

Web application as the simplest and most affordable solution. Intuitive design, an integrated approach to filling and visualizing all fields of the document.

Data access

Separate subdomain for each organization. Encapsulation of data, separation of access for different users. Cloud hosting and data processing technologies.

Integration and support

Zero customization, minimum integration work on the part of the user. Responsive support of our support. A targeted solution for a specific problem.

Advantages

Benefits of using the product for the:

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Client

    The client greatly reduces the amount of manual work among their employees.

    Processing of bills of lading becomes semi-automatic.

    The employee is transformed from a performer into a machine controller.

    We reduce the human factor, increase the productivity and quality of bottom fish without mistakes.

    In terms of the cost of an hour of a person's work, BLOR is significantly cheaper than manual data entry.

Benefits of using the product for the:

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User

    Nice, convenient, clear, and modern interface for interaction.

    There is no need to do Ctrl-C + Ctrl-V for each field in the ERP system.

    You do not need to wear glasses to see the small symbol in the document.

    No need to look for where the required field is on the bills of lading of different container lines.

    While the bill of lading is recognized, you can have time to watch the story on Instagram. If it is not more than 10 seconds, of course :)

Benefits of using the product for the:

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Client

    The client greatly reduces the amount of manual work among their employees.

    Processing of bills of lading becomes semi-automatic.

    The employee is transformed from a performer into a machine controller.

    We reduce the human factor, increase the productivity and quality of bottom fish without mistakes.

    In terms of the cost of an hour of a person's work, BLOR is significantly cheaper than manual data entry.

Benefits of using the product for the:

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User

    Nice, convenient, clear, and modern interface for interaction.

    There is no need to do Ctrl-C + Ctrl-V for each field in the ERP system.

    You do not need to wear glasses to see the small symbol in the document.

    No need to look for where the required field is on the bills of lading of different container lines.

    While the bill of lading is recognized, you can have time to watch the story on Instagram. If it is not more than 10 seconds, of course :)

User Experience and Interface

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