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May 14, 2012

Biscom Awarded Patent for Invention of a Scanning System

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Biscom, Inc., a provider of enterprise fax servers, hosted cloud fax services, and secure file transfer solutions, has been awarded patent for file size reduction of scanned color documents with black and white areas.

The patent # US 8,169,661 B2 is the sixth patent awarded to Biscom, and is in addition to multiple patents pending.

Officials with Biscom said that traditionally, color scanning results in large files at 24-bits-per-pixel prior to sending and/or storage. Biscom’s method revolutionizes the process.

After full 24-bit-per-pixel color scanning, the black and white wording and/or images are then selectively identified and downsized to a single-bit-per-pixel value.

Company officials said that this method preserves the original printed information, while retaining the accuracy and integrity of the characters forming the colored text and illustrated portions of the scanned pages in their original 24-bit-per-pixel format.

According to company officials this new methods offer lots of benefits including-Significantly reduced file sizes for mixed color and black and white documents and black and white-only images or black and white/color mixed documents are converted back to their natural black and white one-bit-per-pixel image

The new scanning system, company officials said, can be used with optical color scanning systems in Multi-Functional Peripherals (MFPs), and has initially been integrated into Biscom’s High Definition-Internet Protocol (HD-IPFax) color fax products to reduce file sizes.

Biscom HD-IPFax is a direct method for transmitting high definition and color documents on a “push” basis. It’s a proven solution for direct delivery or remote document printing over an encrypted IP connection, greatly surpassing the security, speed, and image quality of traditional fax, fax-over-IP, and email systems.

Back in February, Biscom had announced the successful completion of its SSAE 16 Type II audit. The audit was conducted by an independent accounting firm who performed an extensive review and testing of Biscom’s infrastructure and internal controls within the Hosted Fax Service.

Also known as the second-generation data center audit standard, SSAE 16 Type II audits have replaced SAS (News - Alert) 70 Type II audits as the benchmark compliance report for organizations that have to abide by privacy and security regulations

Edited by Rich Steeves

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