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The year 2015 was all about extending sales structures. In Spring, Image Access expanded their sales force with the addition of two new Sales Directors, both with decades of expertise in wide format scanner products, to its international sales team, Peter Sandberg as Strategic Business Development Manager for wide format in EMEA and Manuel Paradis as Sales Director for Latin America.

In summer, Image Access hosted their 3rd International Partner Conference, with 30+ sales partners from around the world in attendance. While the competition was concerned with being bought or sold and reorganized, Image Access remained a stable partner and put the focus on the customer with fully transparent pricing, product price reductions and the lowest prices in the industry. It paid off as many new resellers left competing company associations to join Image Access´ international team of resellers.


At a time when many companies struggled to maintain their size, Image Access continued to expand and grow. In 2014, Image Access acquired more space for a new production and testing facility. Flooded by daylight, staff can work with almost 100% natural light and they have plenty of space to test and package Image Access wide format flatbed and sheet feed scanners, book scanners and the miscellaneous accessories for WideTEK and Bookeye products. Visitors who have been to our new halls tell us it is the cleanest and brightest manufacturing facility they have ever seen.


In 2013, Image Access launched the second in its family of wide format sheet feed CIS scanners, the WideTEK® 48C. After the success of the smaller, 36 inch version, Image Access saw a market for the 48 inch version and applied the same technology to make this the fastest 48 inch wide format CIS scanner on the market. It even outperforms the most expensive CCD scanners from the competition by a factor of two.


During the course of the year, Image Access worked on diversification of the Bookeye® 4 book scanner, leading to an entirely new family of Bookeye® 4 products. In February, Image Access was awarded a GSA Schedule Contract by the U.S. General Services Administration, to provide simple and long term access to Image Access products and services for local, state and federal government agencies. In the fall, product videos were developed, filmed and finalized at the company´s headquarters in Germany featuring Image Access WideTEK® scanners. You can watch these films by visiting the product video pages for each product.


Image Access extends their product portfolio into the CIS scanner market by introducing the WideTEK® 36C, the world´s first CIS sc anner to offer CCD scanner speed and quality at a fraction of the cost. The WideTEK® 36C is by far the fastest CIS scanner currently available on the market, running at 6.5 inches per second at 200dpi in color, 4.3 inches per second at 300dpi in color and 2 inches per second at 600dpi in color.


Acquisition of the international sales rights for Bookeye® scanners. Development of the Bookeye® 4 scanner, with V-Cradle - variable as a 120° angled plate or as a flate plate.


Image Access develops the world?s first wide format scanner for duplex digitalization of newspapers and other double-sided printed documents. The very compact WideTEK 36 DS needs only four seconds to scan the front and back sides of a newspaper page (at 300 dpi).


Largest product launch in the company?s history ? new generation of wide format scanners for formats between 25 and 48 inches:
WideTEK 25 , WideTEK 36 , WideTEK 42 , WideTEK 48.


Most of the Image Access scanners now feature an LED based illumination system that lasts for a lifetime. Not only the quality is improved compared to fluorescent lamps, it is also stable, energy-efficient and does not require any warm up time. All scanners became ENERGY STAR® as well as RoHS compliant, contributing to a healthier operating environment.


Image Access developed the WideTEK® 48 large format scanner and introduced Scan2Net® to the large format scanner market, boosting performance and quality to new levels. In the same year, the Bookeye® 3 platform was developed; the first product being an ISO/DIN A1 planetary scanner with an integrated book cradle.


Starting in 2003, the S2N A2 Scanner is marketed worldwide under the new productname WideTEK®. Also, Image Access refreshed the design of the scanner. The new look now corresponds to the professional functionality. The Scan2Net® funtionality is complemented and extended by the software options "Color Management System", "Batch Scan Wizard" and "Book Fold Correction". Compatible with all operating systems, e.g Microsoft Windows 98, 2000, XP and now NT and Vista, Macintosh systems or Linux/Unix systems, the WideTEK Flatbed Scanner is easily controlled via the TCP/IP protocol with any standard Web browser, either in a LAN or WAN or as stand-alone device.


At CeBIT 2001, Image Access presented the prototype of a fast scanner with S2N technology. It´s conceptual design as flatbed scanner offers the benefit of fast positioning and changing of the documents to be scanned. The scan velocity is remarkable. Less than three seconds for a color scan of a DIN A2 document at 300 dpi resolution. Since the end of 2001, Image Access sells the Scan2Net® technology and S2N scanner worldwide under its own brand. The following year brings software options for the growing family of scanners with S2N technology. In the same year, Image Access receives national and international certificates concerning product safety for the Scan2Net® scanners. Among these certificates are the well known GS certificate for Germany, the cULus certificate for Canada and the USA, as well as the international CB report. In addition Image Access becomes a certified factory, proven by a Factory Inspection Certificate.

1998 - 2000

The year 1998 marked the transition from monochrome scanners to grayscale- and color scanners. In this year, Image Access implemented several OEM solutions for grayscale scanning. The development of a new color scanner began in 1998 and was completed in the following year. A throughput of more than 60 documents/minute (dpm) marked this scanner as one of the fastest in the market of professional color scanners. At the beginning of the new millennium the development of a new intelligent scan technology started: The Scan2Net® Technology (S2N) was born. Based on the Scan2Net® technology, S2N devices are integrated into existing network structures with just a few steps. Only a PC with 100 Mbit Fast-Ethernet network card and a standard Web browser is required. No more interface cards, no more additional drivers.


Image Access developed the Bookeye® Planetary Scanner in 1997. The Bookeye® Planetary Scanner revolutionized the way the documents were captured. It is the ideal scanner for delicate documents because they are placed on the scanners´ bed in a "natural" position. The Bookeye® is used today worldwide in libraries, universities and many other places for professional scanning of delicate documents. Today´s Bookeye®product family has grown to include the Bookeye® Color Scanner, Bookeye® Color Repro Scanner as well as Bookeye® Copier ? up to DIN A1 formats. Another milestone for the technological competence of Image Access in developing high-speed cameras and camera electronics was the introduction of the Agfa Hybrid Scanner SC51 and ADMIS S61 in the years 1997 to 2000. Among the outstanding features are the scanning speed of 240 documents/minute (dpm), double-sided at 200 dpi and 120 dpm, double-sided at 400 dpi.


In 1996, Image Access took over the production from MAP in Gießen, Germany. This was the move toward developing hardware components for the manufacturers of microfilm readers, microfilm copiers and microfilm scanners.


In 1995, it was obvious that the PCI bus would effectively replace the slower ISA bus. The consequence was the development of the HiSCAN scanner card, naturally, keeping up with technological advances, as PCI card. With HiSCAN, is was possible to connect nearly all scanners with video interface. The HiSCAN card series was marketed both in Image Access version and in OEM versions. Image Access, Inc. simultaneously developed the repeatedly prize-winning BSCAN software package. BSCAN is an extensive and freely configurable powerful software tool for professional document capturing purposes. BSCAN had been able to assert itself against many competitors and is frequently encountered in the ambitious market of service providers. BSCAN is distributed and supported exclusively through Image Access, Inc., USA.


Image Access Computer GmbH was founded at the end of 1993 by Thomas Ingendoh. The similarly named sister company, Image Access, Inc. was founded in the same year in the USA by Ted Webb. In addition, a sales company was founded in São Paulo to attend to the growing needs of the South American market. The HiRES graphic card series was the first development coming from Image Access. This card combined a resolution of 1680x1200 pixel with an outstanding low price. Developing the scanner interface card DPU-16 was the next step. It was the technological continuation to the DPU-1, which was developed in 1990 under the leadership of Thomas Ingendoh. DPU-16 integrated a graphic chip and interface for all established scanners on just one card.