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AXIOME is known as the Swiss specialist in automatic ID and data capture. The company develops, manufactures and sells optical reading products for the worldwide market:

  • Automatic Scanners
  • Optical Mark Readers (OMR) and Barcode Readers
  • Handheld Bar Code Readers (BARCODE),  light-weight, mobile (wireless), with keypad and display, with accessories and Software
  • Handheld RF/ID Terminals


Optical Mark reading (OMR)

Optical Mark reading (OMR) is a method of entering data into a computer system. Optical Mark Readers "read" pencil or pen marks made in pre-defined positions on paper forms as responses to questions or tick list prompts.
The OMR data entry system contains the information to convert the presence or absence of marks into a computer data file. OMR is a different technology from apparently similar automated data entry techniques, such as Optical Character Recognition (OCR) or barcodes, although in many cases these techniques may be used in conjunction with OMR.

The main advantages of the OMR technology are:

  • simplicity: "tick box answers" are marked with a cross or filled in by the user with an ordinary pencil or pen
  • reliability: the OMR scans the form, detects the presence of marks and passes the information to the Computer
  • speed: AXIOME readers can read up to 11'000 forms/hour (double sided)
  • flexibility: the OMR reader tests for plausibility and transmits the formatted information to the computer. The interpretation, using AXIOME readers, can be very sophisticated: this is more than a means of recording simple « yes » or « no » answers 

When to use OMR:
Applications where OMR stands out as by far the most appropriate means of data capture are characterised when:

  • data is to be collected from a large number of sources simultaneously
  • personnel collecting data are not regular computer users
  • a large volume of data must be collected and processed in a short period of time
  • information mainly comprises the selection of categories or "tick box" answers to multiple choice questions.

AXIOME OMR are used in many different fields like education, quality control, order taking, statistics and marketing, questionning and votes.



AXIOME has developed a wide range of software that ensures optimal use of its OMR readers. The software are designed to allow the user a high level of flexibility and complete compatibility of the applications developed by the customers, from the simplest to the most advanced, while preserving their investments.

  • MAX: allows to define a parameter file and to call only the necessary data for processing
  • FORM: makes communication possible between the computer  and the Axiome Reader
  • AXF: enables to define parameters in a form file that is sent to the reader and registered in non volatile RAM

LINK to Interpreter Manuals

The structure of the interpreter software available with the AXIOME readers allows every user to build their applications in a simple and coherent manner. The AXIOME interpreter software range offers several levels of increasing power and flexibility.
These programs enable piloting of the OMR AXIOME reader, definition of communication, the data to be read, the controls to be realized for as marks and/or bar-codes
Every reader is delivered with MAX as a standard interpreter software. The other interpreter softwares are available as options.