Mobile scanning gains traction, but is there a market for it?


Flip through the smartphones of most on-the-go businesspeople and you're sure to find at least one mobile scanning app. It's a great little tool that may sit unused in the depths of your phone for months but the one time you need it, you're really glad it's there. However, for some mobile workers a reliable, high-quality standalone mobile scanner is a must.

Ironically, the digital age seems to be generating more paper documents than it replaces. As the number of mobile and remote workers rise, businesses are scrambling to find ways to equip employees with the right combination of hardware and document management capabilities. Tim Brosnihan, marketing manager of document scanning solutions at Canon Europe & U.K., says the answer is in the cloud.

Brosnihan notes that the cloud solves document collaboration and file accessibility when companies send their road warriors into the field to meet with customers. The fax machines of yore are too one-directional to be of use to workers who require quick turnaround or need to keep the workflow going without relying on a co-worker to staff the office machinery.

So aren't most of the ubiquitous smartphone imaging apps just as good at getting the job done? Not really, says Brosnihan. "Camera smartphones quickly reach their limits when it comes to being able to capture multiple documents quickly, and with sufficient image quality required for further data extraction processing, such as OCR."

While the price point of some scanner hardware and proprietary software packages might not be feasible for all businesses, there are plenty of mobile scanning devices on the market that won't break the bank. When combined with cloud services like Dropbox or Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Drive, you can easily provide your remote workers with a good document imaging solution they can take on the road with confidence.

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