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New Alaris smart connected scanning solutions place channel partners on fast track to growth

Alaris, a Kodak Alaris business has unveiled two new network-connected scanning solutions. The new Alaris INfuse smart connected scanning solution and the Kodak Scan Station 730EX Plus scanner automate business processes by seamlessly connecting document capture to existing business systems and the cloud.

The inspiration for INfuse came directly from channel partner and enduser feedback. Onboarding content is most efficiently done ‘at the edge’ of an organisation, in distributed locations and at the first possible touch point. Until now, the added cost of host PCs, provisioning and ongoing support has made edge capture cost prohibitive for any organisations and partners.

Solution providers need cost-effective ways to install and manage a fleet of devices while helping enterprise customers efficiently and correctly onboard information into business processes. The latest wave of network connected solutions from Alaris offer simplified remote installation, device management and updating.

The INfuse solution integrates directly with enterprise applications enabling end-users to streamline expensive business processes and offers an opportunity for channel partners to quickly grow new revenue streams.

INfuse includes three key components:

1 Partner Software Application: An Alaris channel partner or solution provider provides a cloud-based enterprise solution such as invoice processing, medical records management, or customer account management. The partner’s software or line-of-business application integrates with Alaris APIs.

2 INfuse Management Software: INfuse Management Software provides easy end-user set-up, remote configuration and fleet management through a bi-directional API provided by Alaris. End-users simply scan a smart set-up sheet provided by the partner and they are up and running with no training required, which slashes upfront and ongoing management costs.

3 INfuse AX Scanner: A smart network scanning device requiring no PC or software/drivers that accurately and securely transfers data, metadata and finished image files directly into a business process. INfuse offers enterprise-level security, including a separate data path and control path to isolate confidential content for secure transmission. The INfuse AX Scanner can be configured to carry the partner’s branding on its display.

The INfuse solution seamlessly connects to the partner’s business process and enables end-users to onboard content directly into that workflow. When a scan is successfully transmitted and form fields are validated, the end-user receives real-time acknowledgement and immediate exception notifications. This means missing forms, signatures and other critical information can be detected and corrected instantly, saving money and improving employee productivity.

“Exception handling and the opportunity for immediate corrective action is critical,” said President & General Manager, Don Lofstrom. “Reconstructing and re-scanning documents is difficult and costly. Bidirectional communication enabled by Alaris APIs is a game changer. It places INfuse in a category by itself – a smart, connected scanning solution with IoT capabilities for today’s information capture market.”

Unlimited integration options
The Kodak Scan Station 730EX Plus scanner is an integrated network scanner that securely automates document capture and allows for fully finished files to be scanned directly into business processes. Like INfuse, the Scan Station is a network-connected solution that sits at the edge of workflows and operates in a wide range of customer environments. It offers embedded Windows 10 IOT Enterprise Operating System and network domain authentication for secure log-in.

The new Scan Station is ideal for capture and advanced processing such as OCR, all done in the scanner. It is specifically designed for integrators to create custom solutions. Partner applications can be loaded on the scanner, extending the capture solution to address the unique needs of the partner and end-user. The Scan Station is well-suited for customer-facing environments where MFPs, peripheral scanners and PCs don’t make operational or financial sense.

INfuse and the Scan Station 730EX Plus scanner can be deployed in a wide range of industries and applications including BPOs, service bureaus, healthcare, retail invoicing, insurance records, human resources, legal, tax consulting, and general office environments.