Computer Hardware Terms, Glossary and Dictionary
Scanner has the following definistons: 1) in a telecommunication network, a device in an electronic switching office that scans various parts of the switching network to determine when some change in operations is occurring. 2) an input device that reads images or text and converts the data into digital signals. There are a few types of scanners. Graphical scanners read photos or other images into the computer and digitize them, producing bitmapped graphics files. Text scanners use optical character recognition software to read pages of text and produce editable text files. Bar code scanners, as used in stores, convert bar codes into digital information.