The computerised fax specialist Omtool has announced a new technology enabling companies to tie in their existing paper-based fax machines to an IP-based fax infrastructure.
The advantage of doing this is that it allows paper-based faxes to be managed and manipulated in the same way as computer-based faxes, taking advantage of features such as least-cost routing.
The system works by means of a small hardware device linking the fax machine with the IP network, although the machine can remain connected to the telephone network, providing the option of sending and receiving faxes via conventional means.
This technology will be available in a suite of Internet fax products from Omtool at the end of the second quarter this year. Pricing has yet to be announced.
The company also announced a new version of its network fax server, Fax SR Express, aimed at small businesses of up to 50 users.
The software is designed to integrate with MS Exchange and Outlook Email systems and is managed via the Microsoft Management Console.
Omtool said the purchase cost of Fax SR Express will be written off against the cost of an upgrade to its high-end fax software, should the user decide later that more advanced capabilities are needed.
Fax SR Express is priced at #545 and is available now.
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