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Leading digital imaging companies collaborate for Haiti Reconstruction Project

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Herndon, VA - Three of the leading digital imaging companies today announce a strategic alliance to help with the development and implementation of a standardized building code system for Haiti's reconstruction. In a collaborative effort between Eastman Kodak Company, Contex Americas, Broward Microfilm (BMI) and the Building Officials and Inspectors Educational Association of Broward County, the organizations are offering their expertise and resources to provide a document management system using BMI's Web servers, Kodak's Scan Station 100 Plus scanners, and Contex's wide format scanners. This system will enable Haitian building officials to scan various documents to BMI's Web servers and allow building inspectors in South Florida easy access to view building documents online.

"The development and implementation of a standardized building code system will put the checks and balances in place, which is essential to the success of Haiti's reconstruction," comments Hazelle Rogers, Florida House of Representatives. "The technology and expertise that the digital imaging companies are offering will help to make this endeavor possible."

The Workflow
The online document management system will capture and display building documents and provide officials in Haiti and South Florida the ability to review the new plans and permits online. A workflow will be designed to manage steps that are required by building code to perform and complete the permitting and inspection process. Detailed reports of all actions of the inspectors will be available in the reporting module of the application software.

Building plans and permit records will be scanned using Contex's wide format scanners and Kodak's document scanners in Haiti and in several South Florida cities. BMI will host the electronic images in its Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Marietta, Georgia locations. Scanned images generated in South Florida will be transmitted to the BMI servers via standard Internet protocols.




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