Facilitate the recognition of objects, vehicles and documents

Icare is known for its expertise in smartphone-based computer vision. Whether it is the decoding of barcodes, number plates, identity documents or payment slips, the technology is constantly evolving to meet the needs of its various partners.
The applied research in artificial vision carried out by the Icare Institute is called upon to take up new challenges, according to the demands of innovation projects and the evolution of ever more efficient technologies. In 2019, our ID decoder has seen a nice evolution with the arrival of NFC reading on iPhones. By taking advantage of this new possibility, our decoder is now able to read the data stored in the chip of biometric passports. This development was carried out in collaboration with the company Dycom, which integrates our software bricks into its products. These are used, for example, for the control of persons at Zurich airport.
In the banking sector, our inpayment slip recognition technology, which is used in several eBanking applications in Switzerland, is leading the way for the new QR-Bills, which will appear in June 2020. Our decoder is now able to read in the same video stream either a line of coding or a QR-Bill. The solution was deployed at the end of 2019 to the various partner banks of the Icare Institute.
Notre lecteur de plaques d’immatriculation a été techniquement optimisé, notamment grâce à l’apprentissage profond, afin que la reconnaissance puisse être appliquée de manière plus fiable aux défis posés par les véhicules très éloignés ou en mouvement. This work will be continued in 2020.
Finally, in order to enhance our skills, the “Vision Explorer” mobile application, which integrates all our decoders, has been developed and published for iOS and Android. This application provides a showcase for our technologies that are made available to companies.