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Epson to Distribute Nuance Solutions Through Authorized Reseller Network

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  
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Nuance Communications Inc. and Seiko Epson Corp. have announced a worldwide strategic partnership to enhance the Epson customer experience by providing Nuance document imaging solutions through Epson distributors and resellers. This new partnership brings together the low running costs, reduced intervention and environmental impact, and high reliability of Epson printers, with the ability to securely control and manage print and capture to enhance productivity while reducing operational expenses.

Under the partnership, Epson will sell and distribute Nuance eCopy ShareScan and Equitrac Office/Express software on Epson's family of inkjet MFPs, including its high-speed Workforce Enterprise WF-C20590 and LX-10000/7000 series of linehead technology for SMB and corporate workgroups. Epson will also integrate the Nuance OmniPage SDK into Epson scanning applications for better OCR accuracy when automating customers' document workflows and will bundle Nuance Power PDF software with select lines of Epson document scanners.

"Nuance solutions and global support will allow our customers to optimally and securely manage their document life cycles," said Koichi Kubota, COO, Printing Solutions Operations Division, Epson. "Together with Epson MFPs and scanners, Nuance will help customers gain control over increasingly complicated business processes by streamlining capture workflows and print management to enhance productivity, collaboration and business efficiencies."

Nuance solutions to be made available to Epson will include:

For Workforce Enterprise/Pro printers:

Equitrac Office/Express: Equitrac Office gives businesses the flexibility to let users print what they need and when they need intelligent way to print — reducing costs, making printing secure and increasing user satisfaction. With Hybrid Print Control, Equitrac Office delivers organizational versatility and control, and reduces IT complexities by removing dependencies on print servers, print drivers and complex print fleets — all while managing every printed page in an organization. As user requirements for printing change and IT infrastructure evolves, Equitrac Office lets you easily adapt to these changes with a unique choice of how to deploy printing — using print servers, direct IP printing or a hybrid model that includes both. This allows businesses to tailor print environments according to the specific needs of users and business.

Equitrac Express gives IT administrators the flexibility to let students, faculty and staff print what they need and when they need it, wherever they are located. At the same time, it helps to reduce total print output and costs, accurately allocate print costs, implement print quotas and enable guest printing through pay-for-print.

eCopy ShareScan: eCopy ShareScan is document capture software best suited for collaboration work streams where team members, bound by a common goal such as a project, contribute documents and content to the team for further review and enrichment. By using the MFP within the workgroup's area, eCopy quickly and simply guides workgroup members through the process of properly capturing documents. This solution will also be made available with Epson document scanners.

For document scanners:

OmniPage: The OmniPage Capture SDK has the world's most accurate optical character recognition (OCR) technology. It provides developers everything they need to add robust imaging, OCR, and PDF creation and conversion capabilities into applications as well as bar-code recognition technology, intelligent character recognition, zonal recognition and more.

Power PDF: Power PDF software makes it easy for businesses to gain control over PDF workflows with the ability to create, convert, edit, assemble and securely share PDF files. Power PDF features the richest set of capabilities for collaborating and securely sharing PDF files with colleagues and customers. The software provides all the tools needed to annotate, mark up, sign, secure, redact and compress PDFs, and create and work with PDF forms, making it easy to edit and publish PDF files. Users can quickly convert files from Word to PDF and from PDF to Word with extraordinary compatibility, accuracy and reliability.

"Epson stands out in the office market with its inkjet innovation, and adding Nuance software advances their ability to deliver high-quality, high-value and environmently friendly customer solutions," said Chris Strammiello, vice president of global alliances & strategic marketing, Nuance Document Imaging. "With Nuance software, Epson customers can improve document workflows to enhance productivity and create efficiencies. Organizations are also able to gain control of document security to secure protected information against unauthorized access by individuals in and outside of the organization."

In other news, Epson America Inc. has introduced the Epson DS-410 document scanner, an affordable addition to its lineup of commercial document scanners. Complete with automatic document feeder (ADF) and duplex scanning, the DS-410 boasts speeds up to 26 pages per minute (ppm)/52 images per minute (ipm), and features a 50-page ADF with single-pass duplex scanning. The scanner is equipped with ISIS and TWAIN drivers for seamless integration with virtually any document management software, and comes with a three-year limited warranty including Advance Exchange with free next-business-day replacement to minimize downtime.

"The DS-410 is ideal for business environments that require a fast and flexible document scanning solution," said Mark Pickard, senior product manager, scanners, Epson America Inc. "With the DS-410, we are providing paper-intensive businesses with an affordable solution to save, store and protect critical and important documents."

The DS-410 offers a wide range of features that ensure productivity and reliability, including double-feed detection and paper protection technology to help prevent misfeeds, as well as a peak daily duty cycle of up to 3,000 sheets. In addition, the scanner allows users to create searchable and editable PDFs with the included optical character recognition (OCR) software. It can also scan a variety of originals — from receipts, rigid ID cards, stacks of business cards to documents up to 11-by-17 inches.

Epson's Document Capture helps to seamlessly and locally manage documents or scan directly to popular cloud services with one touch, including Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and SharePoint, while also featuring powerful capabilities such as image cleanup and color enhance/dropout.

The Epson DS-410 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $379, and it will be available in August 2017 through select resellers and distributors nationwide.

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