Monthly Archive: September 2015

Digitization & Archival of Documents

Importance of planning digitization & archival process.

It’s true that digitization of records helps organizations in reducing/eliminating the amount of paper documents handled and increase the life of critical records/documents which helps in decision making.

Organizations so often decide to digitize the records without giving any thought to the issues that need to be considered/addressed before the digitization process.With over 10 years of experience in
digitizing millions of record, SBL takes a small step to run across the major items need to be considered while digitizing the records.

Define the targeted end result through digitizing the records

  • Disaster recovery through digital archival
  • Improved access through better search and retrieval
  • Reduce the cost in preserving the documents & saving shelf space
  • Improved & streamlined work flow

Define the access to the documents

  • Who will access the document
  • How often the records will be accessed
  • How will the user access the document
  • How many users will access the documents
  • Geographic locations where the access need to be provided

Plan Digitization budget – including the following

  • Document preparation
  • Document scanning / image capturing
  • The archival management software budget/DMS Software
  • Indexing the document
  • Hardware and software implementation & maintenance
    • – Document Experts

Apart from these the organization need to define the point of contacts- Defining the point of contactfor digitization & migration process, and the infrastructure for storage and backup of digitized documents.

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SBL’s capability in Digitization and Archival management

SBL Business Process Management Services

Integrity, trust, teamwork and highly experienced leadership are some key attributes you need and expect from a good Business Process Management outsourcing partner. But what do you think about accuracy, adaptability, responsiveness, consistency, innovation and accountability? These attributes transform a BPM partner from “good” to “excellent!” SBL’s customer-centricity is enshrined in our corporate vision and values. To know more about SBL’s decade-long industry presence and capabilities, we ask you to take a quick look at the following link to understand the core competencies and strengths of the organization.
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Our unwavering focus on client relations and dedicated account management has resulted in a steady, long-standing engagement with very loyal clients. Our message is simple, but more importantly, our actions speak louder than words:”deliver or exceed what is expected, when it is expected.” Extending continuous process improvements is an integral value addition we offer through Six Sigma and Lean pratices to our clients businesses.
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Our BPM division has grown into a multi-disciplinary ISO accredited operation which draws on global best practice standards essential to delivering service excellence to our clients in:
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In order to deliver these services to the highest standards we operate on an international brick-and-mortar basis. We have several delivery centers in India that offers seamless DRP/BCP options at all times, further augmented by Account Management offices in the USA and UK. Our onshore presence helps clients and businesses to interface on a real time basis, thus cutting across time zones for any delivery related matter.

Save Time, Reduce Costs and Relieve the Burden in Financial Accounting & Reporting

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It’s no mystery…

…that business finances, accounting and reporting are the backbone of your organization. It’s also well-known that F&A management is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process. Precision, speed and confidentiality are of the upmost importance, coupled with the need to adapt to a dynamic regulatory environment with oft-changing rules and strict compliance requirements.

Building and managing an in-house team often proves difficult and expensive. This is when the right BPM outsourcing partner needs to be brought into the mix. An efficient, cost-effective alternative can relieve the burden of extensive transactional recording and reporting with speed, accuracy and transparency.

The risk?

The area of risk lies in choosing the right partner. The transfer and delivery of tasks should be seamless, maximum security maintained and process management enhanced. SBL is an ISO accredited BPO specialist that has a proven track record of helping businesses do exactly this.

You will realize sustainable benefits with our 3 end-to-end F&A processes:

– Order to Cash (O2C): plug revenue leakages and improve overall efficiency of your sales cycle.
– Procure to Pay (P2P): gain control and visibility into the entire transaction life cycle and insight into the cash flow
– Record to Report (R2R): receive strategic and financial feedback on business performance for crucial decision making.

SBL is a dependable and professional organization that has won accolades from our clients in the U.S, UK, India and Australia.

We welcome the opportunity to introduce our suite of BPM solutions to you.

For more details, visit –
http://www.sblcorp.com/images/downloads/BPM.pdf

SBL UK to partner with Ordnance Survey at major construction event.

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SBL’s UK division is delighted to have been selected by Ordnance Survey – the UK’s National Mapping Agency – as an exhibitor Partner on their stand at Digital Construction Week in London. In conjunction with IDC, we will be showcasing how Ordnance Survey map data products can be maximised through innovation.

The event takes place between 20th and 22nd October. Please feel free to visit us at the OS stand – M42 – for a demonstration.

We will issue a more detailed communication closer to the event. In the meantime further information can be found here:

http://www.digitalconstructionweek.com/home

Why not shoot movies with stereoscopic 3d cameras instead?

In today’s world, where the 3D bug seems to have bitten moviegoers, especially children and the youth, 3D filmmakers are often challenged with the inevitable debate: whether to shoot the film in ‘native 3D’, shoot in 2D and convert to 3D or use a hybrid approach. More often than not, filmmakers often commit the error of opting to filming in native 3D without conducting proper research or analysis regarding the relative costs and technical considerations while filming in native 3D versus the rapidly evolving 2D to stereoscopic 3D conversion, which is currently hailed as the future of 3D cinema. What stems from this, is usually an unsatisfying and exorbitantly expensive directorial experience.

Avatar, the highest grossing movies of all times, set the wheels going for a major change-over worldwide to digital projection. This movie very deftly used a combination of motion capture technology, live environments shot with Cameron-Pace proprietary rigs and a host of computer-generated characters and sequences. According to Cameron, the film is composed of 60% computer-generated elements and 40% live action, as well as traditional miniatures (Wikipedia).

Among other top movies that were masterfully captured using this combination of ‘native’ 3D and conversion were Hugo and Life of Pi. In fact, the converted shots in these movies were woven so seamlessly throughout each film that it was practically impossible to differentiate whether the scenes were shot using a stereo camera or converted.

It’s a general notion that stereo rigs are two cameras positioned side-by-side in a manner similar to the way the human eyes are positioned. However, in reality, this configuration is appropriate for filming wide-angle shots, scenic landscapes and shots that require a focal length of more than 25ft. For any other shots, a different type of camera rig would be required, which only incurs more procurement and setting up charges.

While this configuration is normally is effective, it is nevertheless plagued with technical issues. The lenses and mirrors require constant polishing, which causes color shift between the cameras, vibration, misalignment and distortions. This often results in focus mismatches, in-field production slowdowns and most importantly, a lack of depth continuity from shot to shot which, in turn, would require significant post production processing; add to this, maintenance and operation of the rigs and additional crew to operate the shoots and one may safely rest the case against native 3D film capture.

These days, most studios and directors are steering clear from native 3D camera rigs, especially in VFX heavy films. Those who have chosen the path of conversion understand that post-fixes for conversion are quite minimal or non-existent when compared to the higher budgets, longer shooting schedules and subsequent post productive costs while using 3D camera rigs.

Though both processes have their pros and cons, constantly emerging advances in conversion technology are shifting the emphasis away from using camera rigs exclusively. 2D to 3D stereo conversion, whether full or partial, has now become an integral tool in any feature filmmaker’s arsenal to offer top quality, enhanced story telling in stereo 3D.

Use of Airborne LIDAR in Transmission Line Projects

The growing energy demand is an issue that power utility authorities incessantly face. The creation of new transmission lines is not always probable due to complications in acquiring rights-of-way and obtaining environmental approvals. Airborne LIDAR uses a precise laser scanning technology that offers decidedly accurate terrain and tower elevation data for the transmission line corridor. The advanced software tools allow the analysis of critical distances, obstacles identification, slackness calculation, catenary shape calculation, and location of structures besides allowing data to be exported to specialized engineering softwares.
GIS plays an important role regarding operation planning, data maintenance and design of transmission lines. A great amount of data is required for the operation and maintenance of data related to transmission lines, which includes property ownership data, corridor land use/land cover (LULC), transmission line situation and characteristics. The physical features of the lines and corridor LULC are determined during construction but has to be updated due to the constant change in surroundings during the lifetime. Automation of technological procedures involved in data collection, integration and processing will ensure increased efficiency in the management of the utilities. Dispensation of the data discusses to the production of complete topographic GIS products including their custom-made presentation and analysis.
LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a contemporary remote sensing technique for the collection of high density and accurate topographic data, which allows high-speed and economical data acquisition of power utility networks. LIDAR together with GIS technology offers efficient tools for database management and analysis.

Fig 1. LIDAR components

Fig 1. LIDAR components

Further to range measurements, some LiDAR systems are also adept in registering the intensity of the backscattered laser pulse. Intensity is defined as the ratio of strength of reflected laser to that of emitted laser, and is influenced mainly by the reflectance of the reflecting object (Song, 2002). Reflectance deviates with material characteristics so that different materials have different reflectance. Therefore intensity images may be supplementary information for a LULC classification. The merging of intensity images with Elevation information produces an image where features can be easily identified. Intrinsic to the collection process the above mentioned images are ortho-rectified images facilitating in the collection of required data for a GIS System. These ortho-images can be used as location image references to maintain or to update an existing GIS database.

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Figure 2 – (a) Intensity Image (b) Image obtained by fusing intensity information with elevation information.

Results of the managed LIDAR data consists of 3D information about cables, structures as well as all hindrances along the corridor in a form of a point cloud with X, Y, Z coordinates and intensity value. Post-processing actions are needed in order to classify features and to develop additional information. Ground and cable points are categorized using algorithms available in TerraScan software.

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Among the non-ground points power lines strings can be captured using top views and need to ensure that it connects all the towers. This classification is the result of analysis by an automated filter developed which detects all LIDAR hits returns from the power lines and can be categorized as wires. Towers were also can be detected in a similar way. Critical points can be detected along the transmission lines and exact height needs to be assigned to each object. 50m either side of the transmission lines can be considered for object search and exact height of the objects can be derived. The objects encountered will be houses and vegetation in general. A vegetation clearance report will help to details location of the critical points and its complete information.
LIDAR technology provides a well-organized collection of high density and accurate topographic data, being one of the most recognized cost-effective and high-speed method to such projects. Above and beyond the obstacles and vegetation along the corridor, the location and height of the prevailing towers can be derived precisely. The high density of the laser points enables accurate delineation of the cables as well as the derivation of the connection points. LIDAR in concurrence with GIS methodologies provides efficient database updating and analysis.

3D feature extraction services

3D shapes have been functional in many fields, such as 3D City modelling, Terrain Visualization, industrial design, education, animation entertainment and preservation of historical sites, etc. Feature extraction of 3D shapes is an important branch of Geographical Information Systems using the advanced technologies like Digital Photogrammetry, LiDAR Data processing and pattern recognition, attracting more responsiveness from many technocrats. 2D feature mapping shows only horizontal features on a planar surface, without elevation contours to depict the terrain, whereas in 3D topographic mapping contour and elevations are vital parts. More importantly combination of Planimetric/Topographic Mapping is a depiction of the Earth surface features in 3D means and used for geospatial analysis and modeling.

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SBL’s 2D/3D Feature Extraction in-house expertise qualifies us to capture data from small to large scale stereo models and generate high precision digital topographic maps. SBL 3D feature extraction services provides accurate digital planimetric feature extraction for cartography mapping and 3D topo mapping by extracting surface features like railroads, buildings, hydrological features, vegetation, etc., with proper coding and symbology.
     Viewing the features extracted from the above methods and get superimposed on the 3-dimensional digital aerial photograph, ensures that editing and collection time is accurate and complete.
SBL’s ability to create customized databases and cartographic map representations is useful in meeting any specification or software format.

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The benefit of 3D features is the value-added geospatial information that can be derived from high resolution stereo images and hi-density point cloud data. This comprises three specific data products, not exclusively, Digital Orthophoto, digital terrain models and 3D vector data. Digital Orthophoto have turn out to be a standard constituent of base map data, and can be used for accuracy assessment, 2D vector digitizing and update, change detection and a number of other applications. 

AREAS INFLUENCED BY 3D APPLICATIONS:
     •Long Range Planning
     •BIM 
     •Utility Network Designing
     •Plant/Facility Planning & Management
     •Roadway Design
     •Utility Management
     •Landfill/Quarry Management
     •Topographic Surveys
     •Volumetric/Quantity Calculations