Product watch: Power to the SMB

Check out these new products designed to keep businesses running smoothly and efficiently.

Specially designed to meet the requirements and budgets of small and medium-sized businesses, these latest hardware and software help office workers work more efficiently and productively.

Get organized
Tired of the paper clutter at the workplace? Hong Kong's small and midsize firms can now get their business documents under control.

Called the CIO Office Workspace Solution, the new offering integrates Canon's imageRUNNER multifunction imaging systems with IBM Workplace Services Express software.

According to Canon in a statement, users can digitize and file hard copy information "in five simple steps".

"Imagine the digital equivalent of an old-fashioned secretary who files everything away with the utmost efficiency, and who knows exactly where everything is kept," said Raymond Fung, Canon Hongkong's director and general manager for the Office System Solution Division. "If it can be scanned, it can be stored. If it can be stored, it can be retrieved--quickly and easily from the comfort of your desk."

The offering is available on a monthly subscription model for five years, starting at HK$1,800 (US$232) for up to 20 users. The five-year contract includes technical support and technology refresh. Object Valley, an IBM business partner, will provide software upgrades throughout the contract period.

APC extends power to Nortel
Frustrated with dropped calls and lost information during a power outage? Fret no more.

American Power Conversion (APC) has announced that the Nortel Business Communications Manager (BCM) 50, a converged voice and data communications system for small to midsize businesses, now offers an interface to APC's USB-signaling UPS (uninterruptible power supply) products.

The Intelligent APC UPS interface feature provides battery health alerting, power quality monitoring, and automatic shutdown capability of the BCM in the event of an extended power outage. With the new feature, users of the Nortel communications infrastructure will not lose data and communications will be operational as soon as the power returns.

Fujitsu printer for batch scanning
Fujitsu Asia has launched the fi-5530C color duplex A3 scanner which uses ultrasonic multi-feed detection to make batch scanning more efficient.

The ultrasonic multi-feed sensor automatically detects if more than one document has been fed into the device’s automatic document feeder (ADF) at any time. This ensures that no document in a stack will be accidentally left unscanned, and results in complete batch scanning.

According to Fujitsu, the ADF scanner digitizes both sides of embossed cards such as credit cards, driving licenses and identity cards, simultaneously, thus eliminating the hassle of having to digitise each side separately.

Color, greyscale or monochrome documents can be scanned at an input resolution of 200 dots per inch (dpi). Simplex scanning of one-sided A4-sized documents in portrait orientation can be executed at 35 pages per minute (ppm) while duplex scanning of two-sided A4-sized portrait documents can be performed at 70 images per minute (ipm).

The Fujitsu fi-5530C color duplex A3 scanner is priced at S$4,760 (US$613.90).

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