Salutation Support Will Enable Canon Products to Leverage IBM NuOffice and Lotus Domino Software for Enhanced Document Management
LAKE SUCCESS, NY, April 13, 1999 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., the industry leader in networked business equipment,today announced Salutation architecture support for its developing office technology, known as Image Platform (IP). IP allows for the transparent sharing of paper and electronic-based information over networks. The integration of Canon devices into the Salutation architecture, enables those devices to support scanning, faxing, and distributed printing through their use of NuOffice, a document management system from IBM that works with Lotus Notes Domino.
Salutation Architecture is an open standard for locating and controlling scanners, printers, copiers, fax machines, multifunction devices and other peripherals across the Internet, corporate LANs or Intranets. The architecture eliminates the traditional limitations posed by mobile computing by allowing remote users to access and send information stored on their desktops, regardless of form or content. The technology also reduces LAN administration by auto-registering new devices and supporting discovery, eliminating the need to maintain enterprise-wide directories.
Canon is a member corporation of the Salutation Consortium, which developed the architecture that is endorsed by over 30 organizations in the technology sector.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that our future office technology seamlessly integrates within IBM NuOffice and Lotus Domino environments through our joint support of Salutation architecture,” said Ryoichi Bamba, senior vice president and general manager, Marketing, Canon Imaging Systems Group. “We think the Salutation architecture will bring great benefits to users and to the LAN administrator, by reducing the total cost of administration and facilitating equal access to information in all its forms.”
Canon IP devices will integrate with Lotus Domino web server through standard Ethernet network connections and the Salutation protocol. Through IBM NuOffice, an office system software package containing Salutation extensions to Lotus Notes, endusers can scan, print, fax, and email without any concerns for device drivers or directories. Additional benefits of NuOffice include the ability to import scanned documents into Lotus Notes email format or a Domino.doc database.
Added Dr. Mark Bregman, general manager, IBM Pervasive Computing Division, “By combining the power of Lotus Notes Domino with Canon IP devices, Canon can provide its customers with state-of-the-art information management systems that are intuitive, flexible, and migrate easily into their existing operations.”
Canon IP devices will be on display at the Canon Booth (#2916) at the AIIM Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia April 13-15. United States beta testing of Canon IP devices enabled with Salutation Architecture and IBM NuOffice software is expected in the second half of 1999.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging solutions and a top patent-holder of imaging technologies. The company’s comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital and analog copiers (color and black and white); printers, scanners, optical filing systems, and facsimile machines; camcorders, cameras and lenses; and semiconductor, broadcast and medical equipment. Canon employs 12,000 people at more than 30 facilities throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
IBM is the world’s largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM’s Pervasive Computing unit has responsibility for creating e-business solutions that leverage the new class of connected client devices such as handheld Internet appliances and screenphones. A key part of the team’s mission is furthering the adoption of open industry standards for pervasive computing to help customers easily access and act on information whenever and wherever they may be. IBM can be found on the Web at http://www.ibm.com.
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) products are distributed by the company’s blue-chip OEM partners. Fiery ColorServers and Fiery Driven color printers are installed worldwide in leading corporations, advertising agencies, graphic design studios and print-for-pay businesses. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in San Mateo, CA, the company employs more than 570 people and has 24 worldwide sales offices. Additional information regarding EFI may be obtained by calling the company directly at (650) 326-8600, or through public sources, including the company’s SEC filings. Electronics For Imaging may also be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.efi.com.