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Fujifilm Adds Document Archive System at AIIM Show; Introduction of Fujifilm AR-1000 Broadens Storage Media Portfolio

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

AIIM Conference & Expo 2006 Booth #849 VALHALLA, N.Y.--May 10, 2006-- Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., the leading provider of midrange data storage media in the U.S.(1) today announced availability of the Fujifilm Document Archive System AR-1000 in the U.S. market. The Fujifilm AR-1000 records digitized documents directly to microfilm, providing a safe, long-term archive solution for sensitive and/or valuable information assets. The new system is the first to record "eye-readable" metadata information about the contents of each roll. The Fujifilm AR-1000 will be demonstrated in the Fujifilm booth (#849) at the AIIM Conference and Expo, taking place at the Philadelphia Convention Center from May 16th through May 18th. "There is a growing demand for the addition of a digital microfilm process into the archiving/data retention cycle," said Randy Petree, Sales Manager, Document Products, Recording Media Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "Legislative mandates such as Sarbanes-Oxley and regulatory document retention schedules are reinvigorating microfilm as a viable solution for long-term archive needs." The first customer to adopt this technology is Springfield, Missouri based EDCO, the largest private medical record service bureau in the U.S. The company scans and archives more than one million documents per day for hospitals around the country. "We added the Fujifilm AR-1000 system to allow us to output microfilm as an archive record from the millions of digital document images as our customers require," noted Dona Elkins, President, EDCO Group, Inc. "We started a 60-day test in December, got up to speed very quickly and the film output was sharper and more consistent than we expected." As companies and preservation organizations evaluate solutions for storing, archiving and preserving valuable documents, managing the life cycle of information requires several layers, including near- and long-term digital storage as well as long-term archiving. Historical and government documents, architectural, engineering or legal records or genealogical histories are some examples of records that are increasingly being recorded on microfilm, in addition to traditional digital storage. Digital data storage technology is more susceptible to corruption by weather, intrusion, viruses and human error. Microfilm-based archives are not easily altered and are "technology independent" when it becomes necessary to recover or reproduce stored documents. For these reasons, recording information on "eye-readable" formats, such as microfilm, is rapidly gaining in popularity in the U.S. Service and support for the Fujifilm AR-1000 will be provided by the extensive network of technicians that service Fujifilm digital photofinishing minilabs - conveniently located across the continental U.S. The AR-1000 utilizes Fujifilm Archive Media AM-66 microfilm, a unique product developed by Fujifilm engineers in Japan to accurately reproduce documents on a format expected to last 500 years based on ISO standards. This film was developed specifically for the AR-1000, with resolution as high as that found in traditional source document (analog) microfilm, in order to capture and miniaturize documents containing detailed characters and signatures. Exposed AM-66 film requires separate processing.




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