by Rick Smith (December 4, 2001)
While most unique products are destined for the consumer or small office environments, Ricoh has created a new class of products called Network Office Appliances. Designed for the needs of small-to-medium sized companies and corporate workgroups, these products offer unique solutions for today's information management needs.
The flagship product in Ricoh's Network Office Appliance fleet is the eCabinet. It makes document capture, storage and retrieval easier. The eCabinet is designed work with all types of electronic and paper business documents such as email, faxes, PC documents, copies, scans and printouts. More than 200 PC file types are supported. Some of the key features are
Full Text Document Retrieval
Web Browser Interface
Intelligent Document Archiving
Unlimited Storage Capacity
Connects to any standard network
Centralized document storage
Flexible system configuration
Because information can be captured from a variety of sources without any user intervention, passwords are employed to prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing sensitive documents stored on the eCabinet. You can even control which specific documents are captured and which are not.
The eCabinet can store approximately 25 million pages of documents online, with an unlimited number off-line, using DVD-RAM, DVD Jukebox or NFS Servers. The eCabinet connects to a 10/100 Ethernet network and uses TCP/IP protocol. Some of the input document sources are:
Internet Fax devices
Networked Postscript or PCL printers
SMTP Email systems
Ricoh's eCabinet has a one year warranty and is priced at $13,995. Its dimensions are 15.5" x 7.0" x 12.2" and it weighs 30 pounds.
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