Hacking the OCR Cartridge

Tech 4 Tracing is thrilled to partner with Microsoft Hack4Good Volunteers to hack a solution for automatically extracting small caliber ammunition headstamp data from images using optical character recognition (OCR). This task is one of Microsoft’s Global Hackathon 2021 Challenges for 12-14 October 2021.

Ultimately, OCR headstamp data can be enhanced with machine learning and geoanalytics to provide peacekeepers, law enforcement, human rights investigators and others with increasingly accurate information about the origin and global relationships associated with a particular ammunition sample, a baseline dataset and subsequent samples over time. This is one of Tech4Tracin’g’s medium-term objectives.