Have you already heard about it? HALCON 20.11 is going to be released on November 20, 2020 and it comes with a holistic deep-learning-based approach for OCR.
Deep OCR brings machine vision one step closer to human reading: Compared to existing algorithms, Deep OCR can localize characters much more robustly, even regardless of their orientation, font type, and polarity. The ability to automatically group characters allows the identification of whole words. This strongly increases the recognition performance as, e.g., misinterpretation of characters with similar appearances can be avoided.
MVTec optimizes further core technologies in HALCON 20.11
Thanks to many new and updated features in HALCON 20.11, users can improve the efficiency of their machine vision processes. Some of the new features are:
- A new 2D code type known as DotCode has been added. It is based on a matrix of dots and can be printed very fast, which makes it especially suitable for high-speed applications, for instance in the tobacco industry.
- The core technology shape-based matching was also optimized in HALCON 20.11. More parameters are now estimated automatically, which improves both user-friendliness and the matching rate in low contrast and high noise situations.
- The new release demonstrates significant improvements in the 3D environment as well. Edge-supported, surface-based 3D matching is now significantly faster for 3D scenes with many objects and edges. Usability has also been improved by removing the need to set a viewpoint.
- HALCON 20.11 makes things much easier not only for users but also for developers. A new language interface enables programmers who work with Python to seamlessly access HALCON’s powerful operator set.
- HALCON 20.11 includes a new and unique method for robustly extracting edges with the aid of deep learning. Especially for scenarios where a large number of edges are visible in an image, the deep-learning-based edge extraction function can be trained with only a few images to reliably extract only the desired edges.
The consistent further development of all included technologies emphasizes HALCON’s role as a leading standard library and software for machine vision. The new release will be available in both a Steady and a Progress edition. This means that the full range of new Progress features is now also available to HALCON Steady customers.
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