One-of-a-kind smart connected scanning solution opens up new opportunities for Alaris partners
Alaris, a Kodak Alaris business, has introduced a new type of scanner – and new revenue opportunities – in the form of the Alaris INfuse Smart Connected Scanning Solution.
Inspired by feedback from channel partners and end-user customers, the Alaris INfuse Solution integrates directly with existing applications and the cloud, providing enterprises with faster, more accurate onboarding of information into business processes and solution providers with a more cost-effective way to install and manage a fleet of devices.
It has three main components:
A Partner Software Application, typically a cloud-based enterprise solution for invoice processing, medical records management, customer account management or other business process, provided by the partner and integrated with Alaris APIs;
INfuse Management Software, providing remote configuration and fleet management through a bi-directional API provided by Alaris, with easy end-user setup – end users simply scan a QR-printed smart set-up sheet provided by the partner and they are up and running with no training required; and
An INfuse AX Scanner – a smart network scanning device, requiring no PC or software/drivers, that accurately and securely transfers data, metadata and finished image files directly into a business process. INfuse offers enterprise-level security, including a separate data path and control path to isolate confidential content for secure transmission, and can be configured to show the partner’s branding on its display.
The INfuse Solution seamlessly connects to the Alaris partner’s business process and enables endusers to onboard content directly into that workflow ‘at the edge’. When a scan is successfully transmitted and form fields are validated, the end-user receives real-time acknowledgement and immediate exception notifications. This enables missing forms, signatures and other critical information to be corrected instantly, saving money and improving employee productivity.
For Alaris President & General Manager Don Lofstrom, this last point is a gamechanger. He said: “Exception handling and the opportunity for immediate corrective action is critical. Reconstructing and rescanning documents is difficult and costly. Bi-directional communication enabled by Alaris APIs is a game changer. It places INfuse in a category by itself – a smart, connected scanning solution with IoT capabilities for today’s information capture market.”
To help ISVs, SIs, VARs and developers make the most of the INfuse Smart Connected Scanning Solution, Alaris is providing the necessary technical toolkits and application program interfaces (APIs) through an expanded Developer Program.
It is also introducing:
a new dedicated partner portal that provides resellers with access to training resources, sales support tools, marketing assets, incentives and qualified leads from demand generation programmes; and
an enhanced Managed Capture Services (MCS) proposition, featuring a new Alaris Scanner Management Platform that enables partners to monitor scanner operational data, deliver usage reports, manage alerts for customer scanners and integrate Alaris scanners into centralised device management solutions, such an existing Managed Print Service (MPS).