Canon (SG)

Canon Singapore and Nuance Debut Cloud-Enabled Scan Solution in Singapore, under the Canon Cloud Advantage Developers Program

Press Release   •   Nov 09, 2011 11:24 SGT

Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions, and Canon Singapore Pte Ltd. (CSPL), today announced the launch of Nuance eCopy Scan-to-Cloud as a standard feature in the new line of intelligent Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE (iR ADVANCE) multifunction devices (MFDs).

The newest addition to the Nuance eCopy product portfolio, eCopy Scan-to-Cloud is a cloud-enabled software that provides organisations with powerful document scanning capabilities by directly connecting Canon iR ADVANCE devices to cloud-based services and applications. It leverages the Nuance OmniPage Cloud service, a hosted optical character recognition (OCR) service that converts scanned paper documents into editable word processing, spreadsheet and searchable PDF documents.

The powerful combination of MFD applications - eCopy Scan-to-Cloud and Microsoft Azure-hosted OmniPage Cloud service - makes it an ideal solution for both small-to-medium businesses and enterprise departments, as additional server software is not required to be installed at the customer's premises. With eCopy Scan-to-Cloud, organisations can now seamlessly scan paper documents into word and spreadsheet attachments via SMTP email, and send editable documents directly to their Google Docs, Salesforce.com, and Evernote accounts.

"Cloud computing has rapidly evolved from delivering popular Web services to a platform that enables the delivery of powerful applications to desktops, smart phones, tablets and, now, multifunction devices" said Lim Kok Hin, Vice President, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon South and Southeast Asia. "Our partnership with Nuance makes cloud computing more relevant for organisations using intelligent MFDs such as the Canon iR ADVANCE series. Users will experience increased productivity and efficiency with the direct scan-to-cloud capabilities via Nuance cloud services."

Nuance eCopy Scan-to-Cloud delivers the benefits of cloud computing to Canon MFDs in the same way that applications leverage the cloud on smart phones. With eCopy Scan-to-Cloud, users interact with the Canon MEAP touch-screen on the MFD to connect to Nuance's hosted cloud services - including the OmniPage cloud service. With the OCR, users do not need to retype pages of text or numbers from paper into hosted services. They can directly scan and instantly search for, edit and share fully-formatted documents. In addition, eCopy Scan-to-Cloud also provides connectivity to email and public cloud services that do not typically have built-in capabilities to capture, digitize and index paper-based information.

"Canon Singapore is delivering significant productivity value to customers with eCopy Scan-to-Cloud, particularly for smaller organizations and departments where IT resources are limited," said Robert Weideman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Document Imaging. "Our partnership with Canon Singapore in developing this revolutionary multifunction device software shows that customers can benefit from cloud applications for their MFDs too. We look forward to this launch igniting a new wave of innovations that will significantly add value to the cloud applications that benefit users today."

Availability and Pricing
CSPL will incorporate eCopy Scan-to-Cloud as a standard feature in all Canon iR ADVANCE series MFDs with immediate effect. For more information on Nuance Document Imaging products, please visit http://www.nuance.com/for-business/by-product/ecopy/index.htm

About Canon Singapore Pte Ltd
Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte Ltd is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company leads 18 other countries including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and a representative office in Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc has a global network of more than 200 companies and employs more than 160,000 people worldwide. It is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits about 10% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is consistently one of the top few companies to earn the most number of patents over the last 18 years. As a Fortune Global 500 company, Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.

More information is available at www.canon.com.sg

Nuance Communications, Inc.
Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications.

For more information, please visit www.nuance.com

Trademark reference: Nuance, the Nuance logo, and OmniPage and PaperPort are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and / or other countries. All other company names or product names referenced herein may be the property of their respective owners.