Contex Americas

EDM/ECM Large-Format Scanning Solution

Contex has announced a new wide-format scanning solution for the EDM/ECM market that features EMC Captiva ISIS drivers. With this industry-standard interface, users eliminate workflow processing bottlenecks in scanning large format drawings, charts, maps, or other over-sized documents directly into EDM or ECM systems such as Documentum, LaserFiche, and PaperVision. Contex's EDM/ECM large format scanning solutions include the XD and SD series, which scan up to 24- and 44-inches, respectively. These series of scanners directly interface with electronic capture software such as QuickScan Pro and Kodak Capture Pro for managing large format documents within the same workflow process as letter- or legal-size documents, while achieving high-quality scans with document-specific presets.

EMC Captiva ISIS (Image and Scanner Interface Specification) is the industry standard enterprise-level interface that unites hardware scanners with software applications. ISIS is a modular and extensible interface for the acquisition, viewing, data format conversion, printing and storage of document files and images. Document capture and imaging vendors can leverage this industry standard to bring more competitive applications and products quickly to market.

"To stay competitive, organizations must be able to capture content from hard copy documents with speed, accuracy, and flexibility. The powerful Contex scanners coupled with EMC Captiva ISIS drivers are making this all possible," said Daren Gardner, director, Product Management at EMC Corporation. "ISIS allows developers to operate scanners at their rated speeds or higher and is the only imaging solution that allows developers to take full advantage of the power inherent in Contex scanners. The ISIS interface is key to transforming large drawings and oversize documents into application-ready information for use in business systems. EMC is pleased to partner with Contex and provide certification for this ISIS driver."

"As public and private industry sectors require digitization of records—for disaster prevention, green practices, and storage expense reduction—it is important to maintain a consistent workflow process regardless of the document size. Contex's EDM/ECM solutions make this possible by eliminating the challenges of processing documents larger than A3 or B-size in a business process workflow," said Brian Honeycutt, product manager of Contex A/S. "By bringing a large format scanning solution in-house, users can continue to use the familiar interface when scanning large formats -- thus keeping the workflow process consistent—while delivering the right quality the first time."

"A turnkey indexing product is critical to our business. When it comes to scanning large documents, we have always counted on Contex scanners," said Paul M. Neal, chief stewardship officer of Unity ECM, a provider of content management solutions for municipal governments, federal agencies and fortune 500 companies. "When testing our Contex SD4490 with Laserfiche ScanConnect software, we found that the solution made processing large format documents in our workflow an easy and seamless process, which can save time and money for us and our customers."

Using a large-format scanning solution helps companies realize an impressive return on investment typically within a year of deployment. For example, a document manager who outsources 10 large format documents a week at $10 each per week, and one hour of labor at $40, equates to $140 per week. For an ongoing project that might continue for 52 weeks would result in $7280 per year. The investment in a Contex EDM/ECM solution with an XD scanner retails for less than $5000, which immediately translates to savings for the company.

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