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March 18, 2009

Sagem-Interstar Launches Two New IP FAX Appliances

By Patrick Barnard, Group Managing Editor, TMCnet


IP Fax solutions provider Sagem-Interstar (News - Alert), a division of Sagem Communications, has introduced OpenLine and OpenScribe, two new complimentary "plug and play" server appliances for secure routing, cost-effective faxing, document management and archiving.
 
These new rack-mounted appliances leverage existing IT investments through open compatibility with multifunction peripherals (MFPs) and information systems.

OpenLine is an SME-optimized fax management server designed for total security and audit traceability. It facilitates secure fax communications, routing, and search and retrieval directly from the desktop to boost productivity and save time. This server offers scalability, redundancy, disks using RAID technology, and secure authentication. With it, business can reduce risks because documents are backed-up electronically. What’s more, compatibility with MFPs means users can send, receive, scan, index, and automatically archive incoming and outgoing faxes.

OpenScribe handles secure document management and archiving and is also designed with SMEs in mind. It also tracks the lifecycle of every document, therefore helping companies meet regulatory compliance through audit traceability. It’s automatic inbound document processing and routing increases productivity – plus it can be easily integrated with third-party and office applications.
 
OpenScribe is fully interoperable and plugs into any endpoint and peripheral. It includes an approval system and document versioning to help with document accuracy and quality. The appliance uses business rules for secure document routing, indexing, version management, full-text search, and document archival.
 
Both servers include a Web interface, so there’s no need to install additional software on desktops. Users can send and receive faxes from Windows applications. Both can be integrated with networked fax machines, whether boarded or boardless.
 
OpenLine and OpenScribe are debuting this week at the Information Technology & Exposition (ITEX) show in Las Vegas.
 
“IT Managers are being asked to do more with less; increase productivity within their existing IT infrastructure with less headcount and reduced IT budget,” said Bob Wood, vice president of sales, Americas, Sagem-Interstar, in a release. “These demands require organizations to rethink how they will capitalize on investments like MFPs to streamline workflow processes in departments such as accounts payable, human resources, insurance claims, and contract management. automating inbound and outbound faxing, as well as document exchange with OpenLine and OpenScribe, ensure that the security and control of sensitive information is managed properly, and solves for government compliance, while leveraging their company's infrastructure investment."
 
“SAGEM OpenLine has experienced tremendous success in the European SME and large enterprise fax server markets due to innovative features such as full-text search, OCR fax processing and routing, as well as automatic archiving,” adds Bruno Gerard, VP, professional terminals and systems department director,
Sagem Communications (News - Alert). “I believe OpenLine and OpenScribe are also poised for similar success and popularity in the North American market."
 
Sagem-Interstar also offers the SAGEM FAX Analog Terminal Adaptor (ATA) 101S, a compact device that connects to fax machines enabling secure and reliable fax communications over an IP network. The device allows customers to continue using their traditional fax equipment. By simply connecting the SAGEM FAX ATA 101S to an MFP, users can reap the advantages of seamless and real-time T.38 Fax over IP (FoIP) and SIP communications.
 
Sagem Communications made news on TMCnet earlier this month when it announced that it had signed a deal to acquire the broadband and WiMAX (News - Alert) business of Gigaset Communications. This marks the first acquisition for Sagem Communications since being obtained in January 2008 by U.S.-based private equity firm The Gores Group.

Patrick Barnard is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To read more of Patrick’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard


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