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Tech Industry Association Elects Visioneer CTO Jon Harju as Chairperson

3 Feb, 2016

PLEASANTON, Calif., February 3, 2016 – Visioneer, the maker of Visioneer® and Xerox® DocuMate® brand document scanners, has joined the board of directors of the TWAIN Working Group (TWG), a not-for-profit technology industry organization created to provide and foster a universal public standard which links software applications and image acquisition devices. 

Visioneer’s chief technology officer, Jon Harju, has been elected by the TWG board as its chairperson. He succeeds Pamela Doyle, TWG’s chairperson of 20 years, who will continue in an active role as TWG past chair.

A world-class developer of intelligent imaging solutions, Visioneer will participate in the ongoing development of TWAIN initiatives and partnerships, to include participation in the TWAIN Technical Committee and development of the TWAIN Direct™ and PDF/Raster (PDF/R)™ specifications. As chairperson, Harju will oversee the day-to-day management responsibilities of the organization.

“The TWAIN Working Group, through volunteer dedication and constant technological developments, has changed the way imaging devices and software communicate,” said Walt Thinfen, Visioneer president and CEO. “This group of member companies works hard every day on technology that will continue to enable this communication in the best way possible. I am certain that through our commitment as an active member and Jon’s new role as chairperson we can very ably contribute to the continued success of the organization.”

Harju is known as one of the industry’s leading TWAIN driver developers. He joined Visioneer in 2005 after the firm he founded and served as president of, JFL Peripheral Solutions, was acquired by Visioneer. He initially served as senior vice president of engineering for Visioneer before becoming CTO.

“We are very excited to welcome Visioneer to the TWAIN Working Group Board of Directors,” stated Pam Doyle, TWAIN past chair. “Jon has been an active participant on the TWAIN Working Group board since 1997, and has been instrumental in establishing TWAIN technology as an industry standard through his technical expertise. As I move on to other activities, I am confident that Jon is the best candidate to take over the role of chairperson for this group and move TWAIN technology into the future for the betterment of the imaging industry.”

About The TWAIN Working Group

The TWAIN Working Group, established in 1992, is a not-for-profit association of industry leaders who have gathered to create a standard that benefits the imaging industry as a whole. TWAIN's purpose is to provide and foster a universal public standard which links applications and image acquisition devices. The ongoing mission of this organization is to continue to enhance the standard to accommodate future technologies. TWAIN generates multiple opportunities for application developers and users to access information and broaden the standard; through a developer’s forum (twainforum.org), main website (twain.org), Wikipedia page and online self-certification process. Current members of the TWAIN Working Group include Visioneer, Inc., Avision Inc., ExactCODE GmbH, Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc., InoTec GmbH Organisationssyteme, Kodak Alaris, Picture Elements, Ambir Technology, Dynamsoft, Epson, Spike Labs, PDF Association and Hewlett Packard. More information about the TWAIN API and imaging standard can be obtained on The TWAIN Working Group's Web site at www.twain.org

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