Internet service providers are racing to introduce Internet faxing into the mainstream commercial world, promising cost reductions in the region of 80 per cent. Last week saw PSINet Inc and Uunet announced their InternetPaper and IP Fax systems.
PSINet?s InternetPaper is designed to simplify and reduce the cost of sending electronic documents from PCs to fax machines via the Internet. Uunet says IP Fax has the key advantage that it doesn?t require a PC to initiate the faxing process.
Users can fax directly from a fax machine to Uunet?s POP which delivers the fax to the recipient via the Internet.
PSINet?s InternetPaper is a customised environment to create, distribute and managing the fax distribution of electronic documents. Users create a custom fax or send one from a Microsoft Windows application.
Transmission is encrypted by Secure Sockets Layer, and notification of status is available either in the fax application or by e-mail. Mobile users can use a Web browser to access InternetPaper to send a fax directly from the browser.
Dave Hudson, PSINet vice president of business development, commented: ?The convenience and functionality of InternetPaper, combined with the savings that are realised by using the Internet, make it a natural fit for any size organisation."
The InternetPaper service is available with PSINet connectivity services, based on a setup fee of $100 in the US plus monthly usage charges. The company emphasises that cost savings vary from country to country, depending largely on phone rates, but all users can expect to see substantial savings when faxing internationally.
For example, a 42-page document faxed from Washington D.C. to London, Tokyo and Sydney would normally cost $10.85, $28.83 and $28.83 respectively. Via InternetPaper, users could save 26 per cent, 41 per cent and 52 per cent, in the same order. PSINet is trialing the new service in the US during July, furnishing the participants with a $200 worldwide fax account.
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