Panasonic announced a new Internet fax machine last week, claiming it provides quicker and cheaper communications than a conventional fax machine.
Available from July, the DX-1000 Internet fax uses Internet protocols including TCP/IP, SMTP, POP3 and MIME to transmit TIFF images.
Documents are sent as MIME-encoded e-mail over an intranet or the Internet.
Firms can assign the machine with its own IP address and use it exchange information with conventional fax machines, PCs with Internet access and other Internet faxes.
Faxes can be sent to multiple recipients simultaneously, while recipients will be able to view transmissions on their PCs without having to print them out.
A spokeswoman for Panasonic said the machine would be aimed at corporate customers who could save money by sending national and international faxes via the Net.
Pricing for the DX-1000 has not been finalised but the unit was expected to sell for around £2,200, the spokeswoman said.
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