GCN Insider | Scanner Wars

TRENDS & TECHNOLOGIES that affect the way government does IT

Roughly speaking, scanner manufacturers
see three markets for their wares, says
David Haining, product marketing manager
for Hewlett-Packard Co. of Palo Alto, Calif.
There are workgroup scanners, aimed at
desktop users, which go for about $500-
$2,000 and handle 10 to 25 pages per
minute. Departmental scanners usually
scan up to 40 pages per minute
and cost up to $5,000. And finally, there
are the workhorse production scanners,
which can cost many thousands of dollars
and churn through 120 or more ppm.

Judging from the show floor at the recent
2006 AIIM Conference and Exposition in
Philadelphia, the action seems to be at the
workgroup and departmental levels, where
companies expect more employees to start
scanning materials themselves,
rather than sending documents
off to some dedicated department.
'We're bringing a lot of reliability and functionality
down from the
production scanners,'
said Roger Markham,
marketing manager for
Eastman Kodak Co. of
Rochester, N.Y.

HP showed off its new
workgroup-tailored HP
Scanjet 8390
($1,499 retail),
which handles up to 35 ppm
and can scan both front and back in one
pass. It can also scan small plastic cards,
such as credit cards and driver's licenses.

Eastman Kodak introduced what it claims
are the world's fastest departmental scanners.
The i1310 and i1320 scanners (prices not
available yet) can run at a blazing 60 ppm,
according to Markham. The models also
feature two lamps per camera to illuminate
hard-to-light crevices.

Finally, Panasonic Corp. of Secaucus, N.J.,
showed off its KV-S1025C ($1,049), which
processes a more modest 26 ppm. But unlike
other scanners we saw, this model can
scan both the front and back of plasticembossed
identity cards with one pass.

About the Author

Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.


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