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Canon and eCopy Say ScanStation Available with imageRUNNER Systems

Press release from the issuing company

LAKE SUCCESS, NY and NASHUA, NH May 14, 2001 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), and eCopy, Inc., the industry leader in electronic distribution of scanned documents, today announced the integration of Canon's new mid-range imageRUNNER 2200/2800/3300 models with eCopy's ScanStation hardware and related software offerings, including eCopy ShareScan and Desktop. The scanning solution, designed for general office use, can potentially replace traditional document distribution methods such as fax, mail, and overnight delivery services at a substantial savings in cost and time. "Our new imageRUNNER models, when configured with eCopy ScanStation and its application software, offer the highest level of document processing available in mid-range office systems," said Dennis Amorosano, director of Marketing, Canon U.S.A. Copier and Networked Office Systems Division. "This platform empowers the general office user to scan, edit, and send documents anywhere, instantly, realizing substantial cost savings and gains in managing paper much more efficiently." "The speed of your business communications is paramount to your company's survival in today's fast paced Internet world," said Edward Schmid, president and CEO of eCopy, Inc. "The imageRUNNER, equipped with eCopy software, assures cost savings by dramatically reducing fax and overnight letter costs and increases productivity by delivering critical paperwork at local network and Internet speeds. Additionally, the Canon/eCopy solution leverages existing IT infrastructure for greater return on investment on enterprise applications like e-mail and document management." Operating at speeds of 22, 28, and 33 pages-per-minute (ppm), respectively, the imageRUNNER 2200, 2800, and 3300 all offer standard digital copying and local scanning capability, with the ability to upgrade and include network printing and scanning, and faxing at Super G3 33.6 Kbps in a modular, step-by-step fashion. True 600 x 600 dots-per-inch (dpi) and 256-level grayscale resolution can be interpolated at 1200 x 600 dpi in copy mode, and 2400 x 600 dpi in print mode for superior black-and-white output quality. Scanning support is offered at up to 600 x 600 dpi. With a main unit installation space requirement of only 32 5/8" x 26 3/4" (W x D), the imageRUNNER 2200/2800/3300 models set new benchmarks for compactness in mid-volume multifunction device design, making them an ideal solution in environments with limited space. Scanning availability on the imageRUNNER 2200/2800/3300 converts the unit into a high-speed imaging device using Canon's Network Printer Kit, eCopy's ScanStation hardware, and eCopy ShareScan and Desktop software, as follows: eCopy ScanStation: The eCopy ScanStation is a customized personal computer, including a touch-screen display that drives the imageRUNNER 2200/2800/3300 to perform document scanning. Users receive an immediate visual preview of all scanned pages prior to sending the document to its destination. eCopy ShareScan: eCopy ShareScan software resides on the eCopy ScanStation. Using ShareScan, users can scan and route documents to a number of destinations including their desktops, via e-mail, network fax, or directly for printing. ShareScan seamlessly integrates with popular office applications including e-mail and network fax, and can directly access Lotus Notes Mail and Microsoft Exchange address books. The product is fully compatible with the Windows NT operating system, and a wide variety of network environments such as NT Domains, Novell NetWare, and Unix. eCopy Desktop: eCopy Desktop is a client application that can receive documents captured by ShareScan, and can perform annotations (stamp, highlight, add text, etc.), Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and routing via e-mail and fax. eCopy Desktop software links to the most popular document management applications to integrate scanned images into existing workflow. Documents such as contracts, invoices, sensitive legal documents, engineering documents, and artwork can easily be delivered with substantial savings in time and money compared to traditional fax, overnight courier, or interoffice mail services. The Canon/eCopy solution contains capabilities critical to corporate customers, including support for secure Microsoft Windows NT login and authentication, direct access to Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes global e-mail address books, fax UI (User Interface) emulation, and streamlined network administration. eCopy ShareScan also contains an additional layer of network security as a configuration option within Microsoft Exchange environments, and is well suited for banking, financial services, aerospace/defense, high tech, biotech, and others where security is crucial. ShareScan works with Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes to send scanned paper documents as e-mail attachments directly from a personal e-mail account. Because ShareScan performs a login and authentication, it does not send from a generic gateway address. ShareScan also supports .pdf file format and Internet Fax format, which is a standard approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).