Electricity Bill OCR

 

This article walks you through the building process of an OCR API that extracts data from Electricity Bills using our deep learning engine. It will work for any bank company or bank statement template. 

 

 

Prerequisites

  1. You’ll need a free account. Sign up and confirm your email to login.
  2. You’ll need at least 20 Electricity Bill images or pdfs to train your OCR.

 

 

Define your Electricity Bill use case

 

First, we’re going to define what fields we want to extract from your Electricity Bill. 

 

 

Electricity Bill OCR API

 

 

  • Electricity Provider: The electricity provider name

 

  • Customer Name: The full name of the customer 

 

  • Account Number: The account number of the client  

 

  • Bill Date: The bill issued date 

 

  • Amount: The total due for this month 

 

  • Phone number: The customer's phone number

 

  • Service Address: The customer's address related to the electricity bill

 

 

That’s it for our use case. Feel free to add any other relevant data to fit your requirements.

 

 

Deploy your API

 

Once you have defined the list of fields you want to extract, head over to the platform and press the ‘Create a new API’ button.

 

You land now on the setup page. Here is the image you can use for setting up the API, and my setup looks like this:

 

 

Set up your Electricity Bill OCR API

 

Once you’re ready, click on the “next” button. We are going to specify the data types for each of the fields we want our API to extract.


Define your Electricity Bill OCR API

 

To go further, you can download this json config to set up your data model or do it manually.


 

Electricity provider: type String that never contains numeric characters.

 

Electricity Provider field for Electricity Bill  OCR

 

 

Customer name: type String that never contains numeric characters.

 

Customer Name field for Electricity Bill  OCR

 

Account Number: type String that never contains alpha characters. 

 

Account Number field for Electricity Bill OCR

 

Bill Date: type Date with US format.  

 

Bill date field for Electricity Bill OCR

 

Amount Due: type Number without specifications. 

 

Amount Due field for Electricity Bill OCR

 

Phone Number: type Phone Number. 

 

Phone Number field for Electricity Bill OCR

 

Service address: type String without specifications. 

 

Service Address field for Electricity Bill OCR

 

 

Once you’re done setting up your data model, press the Start training your model button at the bottom of the screen.

 

Train your Electricity Bill OCR API

 

 

Train your Electricity Bill OCR

 

 

Deep learning Electricity Bill  OCR API

 

 

You’re all set! 

 

Now is the time to train your Electricity Bill deep learning model in the Training section of our API. 

 

 

In a few hours (minutes if you're fast), you’ll get your first model trained and will be able to use your custom OCR API for parsing Electricity Bill in your application.

 

To get more information about the training phase, please refer to the Getting Started tutorial. If you have any questions regarding your use case, feel free to reach out on our chat!