Xerox Introduces New Software Platform to Meet Document Management Needs23 Oct, 2006
Xerox Introduces New Software Platform to Meet Document Management Needs
The new Xerox Extensible Interface Platform enables independent software vendors and partners to develop customized programs for an enhanced version of Xerox WorkCentre(r) 200 series multifunction printers, which include new scanning and network management features. The platform includes a customizable display panel, touch screen or user interface that provides access to all of the system's functions. Just like you can customize your PC desktop to prioritize the tools and files you use most, IT managers can now customize Xerox multifunction systems' touch-screens to prioritize the tools their workers use most.
Using this interface, workers can enter a password at the MFP and access a set of features and options designed specifically for their business needs. For example, a hospital could customize the systems' touch-screen to help better manage patient forms. By touching an icon on the display screen, a healthcare worker could access the hospital's Web-based document management system and browse a list of patient forms. The worker could then scroll through the list - which is updated instantly -- preview documents and print. Another program could be used to scan patient records and store them in a variety of secure repositories.
The customizable display panel is HTML-based, making it as easy to program as a Web page. The user interface can be coded to add graphics, animated content or Internet access. IT departments can use the software platform to configure Xerox printing devices for an entire business, a specific department or an individual user - all from a central server.
Applications will initially be developed by 10 partners that are charter members of the new Xerox Development Consortium: AND Technologies, Captaris, Equitrac, Kofax, NSI, Nuance, Omtool, Pharos, Streem and X-Solutions. They will be the first to receive the software development kit to integrate their programs with the new customizable display panel. With several new offerings already in development, Xerox expects to announce a host of solutions built on this platform in the first half of 2007. Already, Equitrac, Omtool and Xerox are testing solutions with select customers around the globe.