WIDECOM GROUP INC. (NASDAQ: WIDE - news, WIDW - news; BSE: WDE, WDEW)
today announced the introduction of SLC-Java-Scan software, a platform
independent scanner driver and a method of web document distribution.
Large format scanning has generally been priced at a high premium for
Macintosh, Unix and other non-Windows platforms. Distribution of
large-format documents across the Internet by e-mail has proved
unacceptable to most users, due to security issues and large file
sizes. WideCom's new SLC-Java-Scan software offers the industry's
first Platform Independent Scanner Driver that also allows the secure
distribution of large-format documents across the Internet.
Using the Java programming language developed by Sun Microsystems,
SLC-Java-Scan allows users to scan large format documents from a PC, a
Macintosh computer, Unix work stations, a network computer, or even
new technologies like Internet screen phones or TV set-top boxes. Sun
has created Java as a new way of computing, based on the idea that the
same software should run on many different kinds of computers,
consumer gadgets, and other devices. At a price of $ 2,950 for the SLC-Java-Scan
and pre-configured dedicated controller loaded with Web server
software, and an entry level WideCom scanner for under $ 7,000, this
solution allows customers to scan large-format documents from any
platform for under $ 10,000.
"Not only does this make the scanner platform-independent, SLC-Java-Scan
also allows a user in one corner of the world to have instant secure
access to a document by remotely operating a scanner in another corner
of the world.'' said Raja S. Tuli, President of the WideCom Group Inc.
"This new product makes WideCom the first manufacturer of
internet-ready large-format scanners.''
WideCom's large-format monochrome and color scanners address the
needs of Graphic Arts, GIS, EDMS and Reprographics customers.
WideCom, incorporated in 1990, is rapidly becoming one of the
world's leading suppliers of high performance, wide-format scanning
and printing technology. WideCom markets its products and technologies
through international distributors and Value-Added Resellers (VARs)
across six continents. WideCom's corporate headquarters are located
near Toronto; its advanced research affiliate, Technologie NovImage,
Inc., is located in Montreal. WideCom has sales & service offices
throughout the world including Houston, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San
Francisco, and Toronto.