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IIT Bombay students launch Indian alternative to Scanning Apps

Here comes an indigenous alternative to Chinese document-scanning apps, following the Government of India's decision to ban 59 mobile apps that were prejudicial to India's sovereignty and integrity.

AIR Scanner, a free-of-cost mobile application, has been developed Rohit Kumar Chaudhary and Kavin Agrawal, two final-year B.Tech students in the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. Their inspiration comes from Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's clarion call for an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.

AIR Scanner launched on Independence Day, August 15, 2020. The AI (Artificial Intelligence) based Reading Assistant & Document Scanner app can scan documents and read to users who have difficulty reading English.

“Initially, we had been working on developing an app to make the reading experience easy for people who find it difficult to read English. It was then that the Indian government banned many Chinese apps, including mobile scanner apps. After the ban on the Chinese app – CamScanner, we surveyed and found that people face issues in scanning and organizing documents through their mobile phones. It was then we decided to add scanning features too to our existing AIR App”, says Rohit Kumar Chaudhary, one of the developers.

What makes this app special is its exclusive safety features.

The document you scan using your mobile camera will be saved in PDF format and stored in the device only. “AIR Scanner app does not collect any information about the user, and all the documents are stored in the phone's local storage. We are not using any cloud storage to store the documents of the users. The app guarantees complete user security.”, Rohit Kumar added.

The app is free of cost and at the same time, completely secure. “Many scanner apps require users to sign-in to their apps. Once you sign-in to the application, they automatically back-up all your documents and your personal information into their cloud. It is where the security issue arises. AIR Scanner app doesn't even require you to sign-in,” he said.

With this app, every user can enjoy all the document scanner features such as scanning, organizing, and sharing documents without worrying about its security. An added advantage of this app is its Artificial Intelligence feature that reads out the scanned pages and provides meaning to the selected word to the user in 40 different languages.

“The motivation behind this innovation is to help people in education. As of now, it is available in the English language only, but we are planning to make it available in multiple languages, which will make it easy for anyone to read any language.
Soon we are planning to convert this project into a Start-Up.

As of now, there are 1500 downloads from the Play Store. It is currently available for Android users only, but soon it will be released for iOS users too”, he said.

The application download link:

Source: Press Release
Release ID: 1649705
PIB Mumbai
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Date: August 30, 2020
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