Business Info - issue 151

01732 759725 05 magazine Photo scanner Canon’s imageFORMULA RS40 dedicated photo scanner taps into the popularity of ‘shoeboxing’, the digitisation and preservation of old photos. Suitable for use in the home or by retailers offering digitisation services, the scanner comes with a host of productivity features including batch scanning of up to 40 photos and 60 documents; a top speed of 30 images per minute; three pre-set scanning modes; a straight paper path that minimises the risk of feeding errors; ultrasonic sensors that detect overlapping pages; and Double Feed Release (DFR), which quickly restarts the device in the event of a jam. Also included are image processing functions such as auto fixing and enhancement of images and face smoothing, face sharpening and red-eye correction. Hello Misty Furhat Robotics, the social robotics technology company spun out from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, has relaunched Misty the robot, following its acquisition of US-based Misty Robotics earlier this year. The new platform is designed to be more intuitive and easier to use, with Python as its main programming language and a user-friendly drag and drop interface that is ideal for non-programmers in the education sector (students and teachers). The new Misty also boasts enhanced language skills that allow more complex, conversational interactions. Furhat Robotics CEO Samer Al Moubayed said: “The possibilities are endless, from helping students who are learning programming to assisting in making the classroom more inclusive and accessible. Beyond that, the applications for social robots are farreaching from social and health care to unbiased recruitment.” Flagship inkjet Brother has boosted the appeal of its flagship A3 inkjet X-Series with faster print speeds of 30 images per minute (up from 22ipm), a higher monthly duty cycle of 3,500 pages (up from 2,000 pages) and increased ink capacity. As well as reducing waste and energy-consumption, the X-Series can contribute to the circular economy when used as part of a managed print service (MPS), which allows Brother to refurbish and redeploy devices. More choice PPDS, the provider of Philips displays and TVs, has reaffirmed its commitment to the videowall market by extending its Philips X-line series with new sizes, new designs and its best ever image quality. The six new direct LED backlight videowall displays each feature near bezel-less designs (0.9mm- 3.5mm) and a range of updated features that support no-compromises 24/7 performance for single and multi-panel videowalls in retail settings (the 49-inch BDL2105X/00 and 55-inch BDL2105X/00), corporate meeting rooms and public spaces (the 55-inch BDL3207X/00, BDL4107X/00 and BDL8007X/00) and surveillance and control room environments (the 65-inch BDL6005X/00). Martijn van der Woude, Head of Global Business Development and Marketing at PPDS, said: “Some manufacturers have decided to switch their attentions away from videowall technology but rather than scale back we are bringing even more choice, new dedicated features and advanced capabilities to our partners and their customers.” Instant alerts Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has updated its OmniAccess Stellar Asset Tracking solution with AI/ML-powered algorithms that offer improved accuracy and customisable push-button alert buttons on the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) tags used for tracing individuals and critical equipment in indoor geofenced areas.With applications in healthcare, security and other sectors, the new alert button allows users to request assistance at the touch of a button. Notifications and real-time location data are sent instantly to the Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista Cirrus Asset Manager and distributed to the right person or group via a range of channels. These include Android push notifications to the OmniAccess Stellar Asset Tracking app, web push to desktop or mobile devices, email, SMS, Rainbow and other third-party systems, such as IQ Messenger. INNOVATIONS Made for sharing Panasonic has updated its PressIT wireless presentation system with new features that make it easier for users to share content in meeting rooms, huddle spaces and classrooms. These areWireless Display, which gives Windows users the option to share content straight from their device via a keyboard shortcut without having to plug in a Transmitter Dongle; and Multicast, which enables users to display information to multiple screens simultaneously. Panasonic PressIT allows up to 32 devices to be connected wirelessly and up to four presenters to display visual and audio content simultaneously, with crystal clear HD image resolution, zero lag on video playback andWPA2 AES128-bit encryption for data security. pressit-wireless-presentation-system