Bank Identifier Code (BIC) OCR

Improve your organization’s efficiency with OCR & data extraction for Bank Identifier Codes (BIC). Choose Klippa’s BIC OCR to scan and process BIC codes securely. Powered by machine learning.

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Klippa’s BIC OCR software

Our machine learning technology automates many business processes requiring BIC codes via our API and SDKs. Klippa’s OCR for BIC processing and scanning intelligently extracts data from all kinds of documents. 

Our software is accurate and reliable. Klippa’s BIC OCR saves time and money for your accounting department!
BIC code scanning and recognition
BIC extraction to text, CSV, XLSX or JSON with OCR
BIC extraction from bank statements
(Cross) validating BIC data

Data extraction with OCR for BIC

How does OCR for BIC work? Below is an example of the three steps our OCR software follows to automatically extract BIC codes from bank statements and images.
Bank statement OCR for BIC

Step 1 : Upload a bank statement to the API

The first step is to provide an image or PDF file of a document containing a BIC code to our API. Usually this is done from a mobile app, email, FTP, or web application. 

The document can be sent both cropped (without background) and uncropped (with background). If the image is sent uncropped, our API automatically crops it to the right size. It is also possible to use the Klippa mobile scanning SDK to capture BIC codes reliably.  
image to text ocr for BIC

Step 2 : Image to text with OCR

As soon as an image or PDF with a BIC has been submitted, it is converted to a TXT file. In this step, all text from the document is extracted, but not yet structured.

Step 3: JSON output from the API

The Klippa parser takes the TXT gained in step 2, and converts it into structured JSON by using machine learning. The JSON is returned as output from the API. The BIC on the document is now extracted.

Now, the field can easily be processed into your database. Whether you are processing BIC codes for international business transactions, or to identify bank branches, Klippa is here to help you. 

The image on the left is a simplified example of the JSON response. 

Why use Klippa’s data capture software?

Reduce cost
Spend less on extracting BIC codes from bank statements and images by using Klippa.
Increase speed
Process BIC codes automatically within seconds. Perfect for the financial industry.
Reduce errors
Prevent manual data entry errors with high quality data extraction of BICs.
Prevent fraud
Automatically recognize errors, duplicates, and fraud.
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What are BIC bank codes?

BIC stands for “Bank Identifier Code” and is often interchangeably used with the term SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication). In general, a BIC code is required for making international transactions.

For businesses with a global presence, the BIC is highly relevant as it is used to identify a specific bank when making an international transaction. You can think of it as an 8 to 11-character postal code for a bank.

But why is the BIC code so important? Simply put, it ensures that your money is transferred to the right place.

All BIC/SWIFT codes follow the same structure. They are arranged as follows:


– AAAA: 4-character bank code, which looks like a shortened version of the bank’s name
– BB: 2-character country code, that allows you to recognize which country the bank is in
– CC: 2-character location code, which tells you where the bank’s head office is located
– DDD: 3-character branch code (optional) telling you where the specific branch is located

Some banks may not use the 3-character branch code, which is why they will have a shorter (8-character) BIC code. The branch code is then replaced by a triple X or left off entirely for these banks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does BIC OCR cost?
The pricing structure for Klippa BIC capturing depends on the document volume and the page count. Both, pay per use and monthly licenses are available. 

Get in contact with one of our experts or request a quote
Which document types can be processed automatically?
Klippa can extract data from any type of document containing a BIC or SWIFT code. Commonly processed documents for BICs are bank statements

Did you know that apart from BIC numbers, Klippa OCR can scan other types of data fields, such as IBANs, social security numbers, or even VAT numbers? Contact us for more information.
What are common use cases?
BIC extraction can be done for several reasons, usually with regard to international payments. Especially in a company where you have to perform lots of payments daily, weekly or monthly. 

Manually typing over BIC or SWIFT codes into your database is no longer efficient or reliable. Whatever your use case is, you can replace manual data entry with Klippa. 
Which languages does Klippa support?
Klippa supports all European languages. Our engine performs best on documents in English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Hebrew, and French. 

Other languages can be supported on request. We are happy to train our machine learning models to assits you.
Is Klippa BIC processing GDPR-compliant?
All services that Klippa offers are fully GDPR-compliant. By default, we use ISO-certified servers within the European Union to process documents.

If you are not located within the EU, we can also set up servers in a region of choice. 

Next to that, a data processor agreement is always in place. We don’t store any of your or your customer’s data after processing. 
Can Klippa convert documents to CSV, XLSX, XML or JSON?
Yes we can.

Klippa takes pictures of documents, or their PDF equivalents, and converts them to readable text using OCR. From there, we use machine learning to turn text into structured data.

Most of the time, we use JSON, but depending on your preference we can also convert documents to CSV, XLSX or XML.
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