Ricoh empowers mobile workers with industry's most expansive cloud services
'Integrated Cloud Environment' provides easy anytime, anywhere access to vital
business information and printing on the go
MALVERN, Pa., Aug. 6, 2013
MALVERN, Pa., Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ricoh Americas Corporation today
unveiled a bold new cloud strategy to help small and medium businesses,
schools (both K-12 and Higher Education institutions) and other organizations
lower costs and improve productivity by empowering their mobile workers with
instant, remote access to important content wherever they are on the planet.
Ricoh's cloud platform, called the Integrated Cloud Environment (ICE), is a
single interface^1 connecting mobile workers to cloud services for document
storage, management and printing via Ricoh multifunction products (MFPs). ICE
serves up connectors for an industry-leading number of 16 cloud services,
including Google Drive™, Ricoh DocumentMall, Dropbox® and Evernote®, and comes
standard with the most powerful optical character recognition (OCR) engine
powered by ABBYY. Together, the services present an ideal way for mobile
workers to expand their capabilities and for companies to advance their
bring-your-own device (BYOD) strategies.^1
"Ricoh's ICE solution has resulted in an incredible cost savings for our
business," said Fritz Hovey, Operations Manager, Herth Real Estate. "And by
scanning directly to the cloud, we've been able to remove a step of saving
scanned documents to the server, ultimately streamlining the entire process."
ICE enables companies such as Herth to use the Internet as their IT
infrastructure. When scanning paper documents from an MFP to cloud storage
services, ICE automatically uses its powerful OCR to turn them into fully
searchable and editable PDF, Word or Excel documents. Mobile workers can
access and print these documents from any location in the world via a
smartphone, tablet, PC or the MFP itself. No local network connection or
printer driver is required. The print capability follows the worker.
oScanned documents are no longer frozen as opaque image files.
oOrganizations don't need to take multiple time-consuming steps to move
them to the cloud.
oCustomers don't need IT staffs to buy, install and manage hardware and
software for document management and OCR.
oAdministrators don't need to type hard copy documents into computers to
make them accessible and useful to mobile workers.
oMobile workers who want to print a document no longer need to email it to
colleagues at workstations to have them do the printing.
oOrganizations don't need to lose valuable business information that, with
ICE, could have easily entered the enterprise workflow. A salesperson, for
example, can scan a purchase order and have it flow directly into
Salesforce.com, accessible to everyone who needs to use the information
for sales, service and support.
"ICE is a breakthrough for mobilizing information and making it work for
mobile and in-office employees alike," said Jason Dizzine, Vice President,
Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "It's also an ideal way for
companies to initiate their cloud strategies with minimal risk. ICE reflects
Ricoh's broader commitment to providing our customers with services that
unlock the potential of documents regardless of its format or location."
People at work with ICE
oA law firm can use ICE to capture contracts and store them electronically
in NetDocuments® and easily find them for review.
oA manufacturer can easily share marketing collateral through ICE with its
distributed mobile sales force's smartphones and tablets.
oA college professor can use ICE to scan graded paper tests to Evernote,
enabling student advisors around campus to print them out on demand.
oA real estate agent can strike a deal with a buyer during a home showing
and use ICE to immediately produce a purchase and sales agreement form.
oBusiness travelers can scan their receipts directly to accounting software
instead of stapling, packaging and mailing hard copies to their business
oAny worker can scan a document to any email address, automatically
converting it to editable text.
To scan documents to the cloud, users choose a destination through the ICE
interface on their MFPs. To print from any smartphone or tablet, they access
Ricoh Print Cloud through ICE, enabling them to release the document from any
ICE-enabled MFP on the planet – simply by typing in a six-digit code. ICE data
transmissions are secured by 128-bit SSL encryption. Ricoh's storage and OCR
data center is SAS 70/SSAE 16-compliant.
Customers with Ricoh's optional MFP browser enabled can obtain the ICE
services in two versions: the Standard ICE Module, which includes OCR plus the
connectors to numerous scanning apps; and Premium Apps, which provides the
advanced mobile printing functionality.
ICE supports all major mobile platforms, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™,
BlackBerry®, Windows® Phone and Palm.
ICE currently provides connectors that support 16 cloud services (customer's
must establish and pay for their own accounts to each cloud service):
Google Drive Concur®
Evernote SharePoint® on premise/SharePoint 365
Scan to Print Cloud Box.net®
Print from Print Cloud Scan to email
Hightail™ (formerly YouSendIt™) NetDocuments
For details on Ricoh's full line of products, services and solutions, please
| About Ricoh |
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment,
production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and
regions. In the financial year ending March 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide
sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and
services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh
also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial
products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional
standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change.,Ricoh helps companies transform
the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com/about/.
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^1ICE requires the optional browser card for each enabled output device.
a. PostScript option may be required for the operation of Print Cloud on
certain older Ricoh models.
b. ICE does not include the cost of subscriptions to any of the named cloud
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