Defence inks document recognition deal

The Australian Department of Defence has signed a five-year site licence for intelligent document recognition and automated document capturing software worth over $5 million.

The software, titled eFLOW3 was developed by TIS (Top Image Systems) and is the upgraded version of eFLOW, which was previously used by the department to capture and convert invoices into electronic format.

The system connects with existing SAP systems and will process up to 30 million images a year.

The software was originally introduced into the Department of Defence through an existing relationship with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and will now be extended onto the human resources department.

Mike Seymour, executive director of the Department of Defence's business improvement project said the eFLOW3 system has so far proven itself.

"Not only has it reduced our internal paper processing costs, but has streamlined our business process operations and managed our accounts payment operations more efficiently," Seymour said.

"In the past few months, we have been going through an extensive process, aiming to improve overall administrative functions and processes.

"Now, we are expanding its use within our department and upgrading additional operations and processes."

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