With the ban on CamScanner in India, Kaagaz Scanner is seeking to fill the hole with its good doc scanning and storage app
Developed by Sorted AI, Kaagaz Scanner is wanting so as to add regional language help and computerized doc sorting within the close to future
The Delhi-based firm launched the app two weeks earlier than India’s ban on Chinese language apps and has acquired 400Ok+ customers until date
India’s ban on 59 Chinese language apps has opened up the Indian market for a lot of native startups, who’ve the potential to exchange these banned apps. With CamScanner, one of the outstanding productiveness apps out there, additionally banned, Indians are on the lookout for replacements. Whereas Microsoft Workplace Lens, Adobe Scan and different apps can be found, the present wave of adoption for Indian merchandise has introduced the highlight on Kaagaz Scanner.
Launched about two weeks earlier than the ban, Kaagaz Scanner is an app constructed by Sorted AI, which is an year-old file administration platform. Kaagaz’s launch was pushed by the corporate’s realisation that scanning is the place the doc storage course of begins for thousands and thousands of Indian customers. Founder Snehanshu Gandhi stated that Indian customers scan paperwork in an app, they usually additionally need to use the app to peruse the doc storage answer.
“They want to go back and refer to that scanned Aadhaar copy in the app, and even use it to share with someone. So it is also a storage solution for them and that is where we felt the need for a scanning app,” stated Snehanshu Gandhi.
In the intervening time, Kaagaz Scanner is an unbiased product being developed by the workforce and isn’t linked to the Sorted AI file administration platform. That’s as a result of the utility of scanning paperwork has a wider attraction than file administration. Nonetheless, in the long term, Gandhi envisions the merging of Sorted AI and Kaagaz to supply customers a extra holistic expertise from scanning to doc administration. This may even differentiate Kaagaz Scanner as a product within the crowded doc scanning market.
Until now, Kaagaz Scanner has downloaded over 400Ok instances and a big a part of this traction solely occurred after the ban, when individuals have been on the lookout for a substitute for CamScanner. Kaagaz Scanner is at present able to performing the whole scanning course of however has an extended solution to go, when it comes to options which are being supplied by Adobe Scan, Microsoft Workplace Lens and different Indian apps similar to Zoho Scanner. However CamScanner was by far probably the most used app on this regard and claimed to have been put in on over 380 Mn units with a presence in over 200 nations.
Although the present nationalist sentiment has given the corporate an preliminary bounce in traction, the eventual success will probably be decided by person retention over the following few months. Gandhi stated Kaagaz Scanner has been frantically engaged on including new options primarily based on the fixed person suggestions on social media and Play Retailer. It’s at present within the strategy of including batch scanning, new additions to picture enhancement filters, and cloud sign-in choice for seamless backups and restoration of scanned paperwork. However the greatest growth that Gandhi is banking on is the automated sorting of paperwork utilizing AI.
“We have been building Sorted AI for over a year now, and its AI engine is currently intelligent enough to understand the document type and then categorise it under relevant categories or folders. We want to bring this functionality to Kaagaz Scanner,” stated Gandhi.
For instance, if a person scans an insurance coverage doc, the AI engine will have the ability to establish it because the insurance coverage for a specific automobile quantity after which kind it beneath the vehicle-related paperwork or insurance coverage folder within the app.
The automated sorting may even assist the search performance as customers can lookup explicit phrases or phrases throughout the scanned or saved paperwork, much like looking out on Google Drive or Gmail search. “Even if the user forgets the folder or file name, she will be able to search a keyword and fetch that information from inside the document.”
After all, enabling such helpful options comes with the caveat that the corporate should save a duplicate of the doc on their servers. Gandhi stated it will fully be primarily based on person consent. He additionally added that the prevailing Kaagaz Scanner app works offline with none want to hook up with the web. Plus, the info is saved on the system and isn’t despatched to servers. Even when the person would select to make use of the AI engine, the corporate claims to have encrypted the info at a number of ranges and makes use of India-based Amazon Internet Companies (AWS) servers for Sorted AI.
Based mostly in Delhi NCR, Sorted AI was based in July 2019 by Gandhi, Gaurav Shrishrimal, and Tamanjit Bindra. The corporate was a part of Axilor Ventures’ accelerator programme between November 2019 to February 2020 and had raised a small quantity of funding as a part of the accelerator. However apart from this, Sorted AI is totally bootstrapped and has one full time worker along with a few freelance builders who’ve been just lately introduced on board to fulfill the present growth load.
By way of monetisation, the corporate is concepts like charging individuals for limitless cupboard space or a premium subscription mannequin however, in accordance with Gandhi, the present focus is on buying customers and constructing a product that individuals love. To seize a bigger Indian viewers, the corporate can be the opportunity of creating regional language compatibility within the scanning performance.
“Even though millions of Indian users are using scanning apps, there’s still a lot of people in India who don’t know that scanning can be done through an app. Our focus currently is to build a product that a larger Indian audience can start using,” stated Gandhi.