To meet growing demand for Ethernetconnected network scanners – up 100% across Europe in 2014, according to Infosource – both Kodak Alaris and Fujitsu have launched new network scanners designed for simple
Kodak Alaris has updated its Scan Station 700 Series with two new models offering 40% faster scan speeds of 70 pages per minute. They are the KODAK Scan Station 710 for general office use and the KODAK Scan Station 730EX, specifically designed for systems integrators (SIs) and independent software vendors (ISVs). Designed for use by non-technical staff, the Kodak scanners have a 9.7in colour touch screen for simple PC-free operation.
Users just have to walk up to a device, put their documents in the feeder and press scan. Scans can be sent to multiple destinations simultaneously including network folders, printers, FTP sites, email and Microsoft SharePoint.
A voice attachment feature lets users record verbal instructions and attach them to a scanned document. Accessories include the KODAK Scan Station Keyboard and A3 and Legal (A4) flatbed scanner units.
Fujitsu’s new model, the N7100 network scanner, has a scan speed of 25 pages per minute and processes images 10 times faster than its predecessor for near-instant views of scans.
Other enhancements include a new active feeding system offering reliable sheet separation in stacks of mixed material from 40-209gsm; new PaperStream software; and two USB ports for peripherals, such as a keyboard or IC reader.
Brother sales outstrip market growth
Brother has refreshed its desktop scanner range after reporting a 58% increase in scanner sales in January to September 2014, comfortably outstripping overall market growth of 15% year-on-year (source: Infosource).
The ADS-2100e and ADS-2600We are designed for small to medium-sized businesses scanning up to 1,500 pages a day. Useful features include improved smartphone and tablet connectivity on the ADS-2600We; Kofax compatibility, vital for customers within the financial services, insurance, government and healthcare sectors; and full Brother Solutions Interface support, enabling ISVs and developers to create bespoke solutions.
Lexmark to acquire Kofax
Lexmark has announced its intention to merge with capture and process management company Kofax, effectively doubling the size of its enterprise software unit to a $700 million business as it continues to make the transition from printer hardware company to solutions business. Under the terms of the agreement, Lexmark will acquire all outstanding shares in Kofax for $11.00 per share in cash, putting a value on Kofax of approximately $1 billion.