Global Application Projects Int Ltd, were one of the first companies to start a volume scanning bureau.
In 1994, GAP carried out a £1.3m scanning contract for Granada Group plc, the same year that they acquired Trusthouse Forte for £2.3bn. We then went on to build up a business in back file scanning for many blue-chip companies in and around London, working with Legal & General Group plc, Compass Group, a leading catering company in Europe and Sutcliffe Catering Group Ltd, who later merged with Compass, becoming the largest catering group in the world today.
In the late 1990s GAP saw opportunities in the document imaging business, and worked with many other leading groups, including Balfour Beatty Rail, Parcelforce, Royal Mail, Transco and Virgin Rail.
Towards the end of the 1990s, we moved into capturing data from scanned images using OCR, ICR and OMR technical tools. GAP set up a company in Ghana (GAP International (Ghana) Limited), when we were awarded the tender to handle the data capture of the 2000 Population and Housing Census for Ghana Statistical Service (GSS). From this platform, GAP worked in Tanzania for the Bank of Tanzania (BOT), establishing a company in Zanzibar (GAP International (Tanzania) Ltd). This company is now covering Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda with programs such as SIT-B.
The company went on and established GAP Int (Nigeria) Limited in Lagos, where we now have an office. GAP worked intensively with the National Population Commission of Nigeria (NpopC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Mid-2005, setting up a biometric voter registration solution, supporting BioLink of Russia.
GAP also supports installation, configuration and repair of all Kodakís range of scanners. In 2010, GAP became the Kodak scanner distributor in sub-Saharan Africa excluding RSA. Our resident engineers in Ghana, who have proven to be the most adapt in West Africa, have been trained at Kodak's headquarters at Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire and are constantly, being retrained in the latest range of Kodak scanners.
In 2010, GAP have taken on the contract to support the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Accra, Ghana where we have been tasked with supporting data capture of over 7m forms a year, while back filing over 42m historic forms and records. Using Kodak i1850 scanners and our own developed program GAP/Parallax and SQL database for forms, our engineers can provide configuration, installation, support and daily management of captured data using OCR, ICR & OMR character recognition, outputting data and form images into a bespoke Delphi database. GAPís management team will architecturally design all aspects of client records and data using both electronic digitised data and/or capture from forms or images.