Hummingbird and Ricoh Corporation Form Technology Alliance

Dec 19, 2003

Hummingbird Ltd., a developer of enterprise information management systems (EIMS), has announced a technology alliance with Ricoh Corporation, a provider of digital office equipment. Hummingbird's relationship with Ricoh further extends Hummingbird Enterprise solutions to provide customers with the ability to capture, manage, and share scanned documents and photographic images across the enterprise, from multiple sources to a single repository, streamlining business processes and improving productivity. The Hummingbird and Ricoh technology alliance introduces two distinct applications: Ricoh GlobalScan document scanning software linked to the Hummingbird DM system; and a new geo-imaging solution integrating Hummingbird Enterprise for ESRI with the Ricoh GPS-enabled digital camera.

Ricoh GlobalScan software, combined with Ricoh Aficio multi-function products (MFPs), are designed to link to the Hummingbird DM system allowing users to scan and index documents into Hummingbird document management repositories directly from the touch-screen panel of the Ricoh Aficio MFPs. With Ricoh's GlobalScan software architecture all information such as indexes, database information, and file types are displayed and accessed through the Aficio MFPs front panel. GlobalScan acts as a network service so one server will support multiple Aficio devices.

Geo-Imaging Solution for Hummingbird Enterprise for ESRI Hummingbird and Ricoh offer a geo-imaging solution integrating Hummingbird Enterprise for ESRI with the Ricoh GPS-enabled digital camera. The integrated solution is designed to provide customers with a fully automated and error-free way to integrate photographic images with geographic information system (GIS) documents and maps. The Ricoh digital camera captures the global positioning system (GPS) latitude and longitude coordinates at the time a picture is taken. This spatial meta-data is permanently encoded into the image and is used to geographically position the image when it is uploaded to the Hummingbird Enterprise for ESRI solution. Photographic documentation can be wirelessly transmitted or synchronized into GIS databases when the user returns to the office. Users can retrieve the image by clicking on the map or by searching in the Hummingbird document management repository.

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