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The National Bureau of Statistics of China Chooses Fujitsu Group Scanners and OCR Software for China's 6th National Census

Fujitsu Limited,PFU Limited

Beijing, China, June 29, 2011

Fujitsu announced today that the National Bureau of Statistics of China in Beijing (hereafter NBSC) successfully concluded China's 6th National Census Project this past April 2011, with the help of 1,700 fi-Series large-volume document scanners and Chinese OCR(1) software which were furnished by the Fujitsu Group. China has the largest population in the world and boasts the world's second largest GDP. This project has been highly anticipated both in China and abroad as it took on the extremely difficult task of surveying the country's approximately 1.3 billion residents in order to obtain accurate demographic statistics and information on household lifestyles. NBSC released the results of the project on April 28, 2011.

The Fujitsu Group contributed to the project by providing NBSC with high-duty, high-performance scanners of the fi-Series (the world's no.1 business grade scanner line in terms of market share(2)) and extremely accurate Chinese OCR software.

By addressing the various needs of customers through its system of total support, ranging from hardware and software to services and solutions, the Fujitsu Group continues to contribute to the growth of businesses and society in the booming scanner market in China.

Every ten years the government of China conducts a nationwide census. This year, NBSC concluded China's 6th National Census Project, which spanned 1.3 billion people, in a remarkably short period of time.

For the project millions of surveyors are dispatched to households all across China to gather basic information from residents including occupation, income, and academic history. Afterwards, the information is collectively digitized and converted to data using a combination of scanners and OCR software in order to ensure fast and accurate calculation of results. About 740 million census sheets with handwritten data had to be scanned at hundreds of NBSC offices across China.

The fi-Series used in China's 6th National Census Project

To accomplish this NBSC needed the following:

  • High-duty scanners that can endure 24 hours of continuous, intense use;
  • Very accurate OCR software that quickly and correctly sorts out handwritten data from census sheets; and
  • A network that extends all across China which provides speedy product support.

To satisfy these requirements, NBSC chose high output fi-Series model scanners which are developed and produced by Fujitsu Group subsidiary, PFU Limited(3). For the OCR software, NBSC looked to Fujitsu Research & Development Center Co., LTD(4) which developed software for the project that was optimized for processing handwritten Chinese.


The fi-Series scanners used in this project can deliver a scanning speed of 180 images per minute (90 pages) for A4 size documents and have a duty of 45,000 sheets per day. Developed and produced by PFU Limited, the fi-Series is sold and supported in 185 countries and regions and is proudly promoted as the world's top business grade scanner in terms of market share.

The scanner business of PFU has been expanding in China since 1998 through Fujitsu Hong Kong Limited(5). In addition to producing results in surveys by the NBSC, fi-Series scanners found their way into China's "big 4" state-owned banks(6), numerous major financial institutions, and insurance companies. Today, the fi-Series holds the top share in China's scanner market(7).

Chinese OCR software

The OCR technology that was used in this project was specially developed by Fujitsu Research & Development Center Co., LTD (FRDC). This software can process difficult-to-recognize, handwritten Chinese names at an accuracy exceeding an amazing 99.4%. FRDC also developed the powerful OCR technology which was used in China's 2nd National Agricultural Census in 2006(8).

  • [1] OCR

    OCR (Optical Character Reader) devices detect printed and handwritten characters reflected off documents and convert them into machine-encoded text.

  • [2] The world's no.1 business grade scanner line in terms of market share

    The assertion "the world's No.1" is based on market data compiled by PFU taken from InfoSource (Europe) and InfoTrends (U.S. and Japan) for FY2008.

  • [3] PFU Limited

    President and Representative Director - Kiyoshi Hasegawa; Main Headquarters - Kahoku City, Ishikawa Prefecture.

  • [4] Fujitsu Research & Development Center Co., LTD

    President - Satoshi Naoi.

  • [5] Fujitsu Hong Kong Limited

    President - Masayuki Tomimuro.

  • [6] China's "big 4" state-owned banks

    China's "big 4" state-owned banks are Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, Bank of China Limited, China Construction Bank, and Agricultural Bank of China.

  • [7] The top share in China's scanner market

    This assertion is based on the IDC Document Scanner Market Survey for 2009.

  • [8] The 2nd National Agricultural Census of China

    A state-endorsed project that collected statistical information from China's farming community including income, farmland measurements, and types of produce.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see

About PFU

PFU Limited, a subsidiary of Fujitsu, is a $1 billion global enterprise that designs, develops, manufactures, sells and maintains computer hardware, peripheral products, enterprise software and systems. PFU Limited has been engaged in document imaging scanner business over 20 years. For more information, please see:

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This press release has been revised as of December 17, 2018.

Date: 29 June, 2011
City: Beijing, China
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