Automatic Reading of Spanish Identity Cards

F. Martín and M.P. Villaverde (Spain)


Image Analysis, Mathematical Morphology, Video Processing, Pattern Recognition


This paper describes our developments on the issue of extracting information from images of spanish identity cards. We are using the fact that all spanish citizens (and all legal foreign residents) are provided an identity card by a government agency (this card is called national identity document). These developments may be used for automatic information extraction from scanned card images and also for controlling access to restricted areas (we will see how to build a sensor to use ID-cards as access control cards). Of course, our techniques are able to work with any design of identity card. So we can easily work with identity cards (or driver's licenses) from other countries.

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