Ricoh Americas Corporation, recently announced that it has developed a new Ricoh multi-function product (MFP) scanning management solution, based on Microsoft Distributed Scan Management (DSM) in Windows Server 2008 R2. This development creates a scanning environment for customers from a central location so they do not have to use third party software or manage additional servers. It provides basic scanning functions from Ricoh MFPs and is managed by an administrator through the server. Users enter the "Scanner" function key on their Ricoh device and select "Distributed Scan" to access it.
Document workflow can be automated through DSM by creating scan processes for scanning to Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, and file servers all following standard MS security and policies. These scan processes are a set of rules that specify user permissions, resolution, file type, and delivery of scanned documents. In addition, DSM allows for monitoring of MFP scanners on a network and provides a log of all scan-related events.
The technology was developed for the Windows Server 2008 R2 server and is available to customers running this server. Once components for DSM have been installed on Windows Server 2008 R2, users can specify scan settings and monitor DSM-enabled scanners. Currently, DSM is compatible with the Ricoh Aficio MP C2800/3300.