Optika and Xerox Package FilePower with Document Centre

Optika Imaging Systems, Inc. and Xerox announced that the two companies will jointly work to integrate Optika's FilePower with Document Centre digital systems products from Xerox.

The combination of the Document Centre and FilePower will provide a complete solution for capturing, managing and distributing large volumes of documents, increasing users' productivity and significantly reducing labor and capital costs. Optika's integrated product suite -- FilePower -- combines imaging, workflow and COLD technology into a unified software package. The Xerox Document Centre 220ST and 230ST combine network scanning, printing, faxing and copying into one hardware device.

The Document Centre's CentreWare Network Scanning Services, combined with Optika's FilePower, will simplify the scanning and distribution of images. By scanning a document once, the productivity benefits of electronic workflow management can be extended to all document producers and consumers by eliminating the need for separate scanner hardware.

By employing CentreWare Network Scanning Services, Document Centre users will gain access to Optika's FilePower suite, the first packaged imaging application available to those Xerox customers. At the Document Centre touch screen interface, users will select an Optika scanning template, such as ``Human Resources'' or ``Accounts Payable.'' Rather than scanning the document to the user's local hard drive, the document is scanned and stored within the organization's network server. By using Optika's software, scanned documents can then be viewed, indexed, OCR'd or routed into a workflow process.

Joint marketing plans, which will make this solution available in the second quarter, are being developed to ensure that customers of both companies have access to the product. Optika will provide a toll-free number and access to Optika's Web service via a quick link from the user's desktop. This will provide Document Centre users with immediate access to qualified Optika professionals with consulting and implementation expertise in document imaging and workflow applications.