Planon plans for portable scanning

Infrastructure

Planon pen is mightier than the scanner

Planon (based in Mississauga, Ont.) introduced the smallest full-page portable colour scanner, the DocuPen RC800. For this Holiday season, DocuPen is offering a Deluxe Gift Box which includes the DocuPen RC800 Portable Scanner, executive leather case, universal mobile charger, universal memory reader, MicroSD Card, retractable USB cable, and PaperPort Document Management & OCR Software.

This DocuPen is same size as a pen and it scans an entire page of text and graphics in just four seconds. It stores up to 100 pages in its two megabytes of flash memory, weighs just two ounces, and is only eight inches long.

The DocuPen is available for US$299.99. More information is available at www.planon.com

Frogmore jumps into action with print app

Frogmore Computer Services announces the immediate availability of Print Distributor 4.0

Print Distributor is a program that will enhance your printing environment. Users of Print Distributor can choose to distribute documents, email documents and archive documents.

Version 4.0 adds three new features:
Load Balancing lets users divide their prints across a group of printers automatically. If a printer in the group runs out of paper or toner subsequent prints are sent to other printers in the group.
Acrobat Integration lets users create PDF images of their prints ready for archiving or emailing.
Conditional Printing checks user created rules before printing any documents. Large documents could be blocked or routed to centralized printers which may be cheaper to run.

A 30 day trial version of Print Distributor is available from www.printdistributor.com

Print Distributor runs on Windows NT, 2000, XP, and Server 2003. Customers can buy Print Distributor from US$149.

Networking

Packet Island releases SaaS solution

Packet Island’s PacketSmart for Asterisk is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that has been designed to target the VoIP lifecycle management needs of VARs and SMBs deploying Asterisk. The solution is based on Asterisk software agents and purpose-built micro-appliances that work with the highly scalable PacketSmart SaaS platform, hosted at a Tier-1 data centre.

The Asterisk software agents are highly optimized applications installed on the Asterisk PBX and collect detailed quality metrics on all VoIP calls terminating at the PBX. The 4-in. x 4-in. micro-appliances are complementary to the software agents, in that unlike the software agents, they can be easily moved around the network to isolate and troubleshoot network issues affecting VoIP quality. The PacketSmart for Asterisk solution has three distinct functions: Network assessment for VoIP, VoIP troubleshooting, and ongoing VoIP SLA monitoring.

During the deployment planning phase, Asterisk VARs can use the micro-appliances to simulate live VoIP traffic on the SMB network, to identify and fix problems before VoIP deployment. After Asterisk deployment, the Packet Island software agent that is left installed on the Asterisk PBX continues to collect detailed quality metrics that can be used by the SME and VAR for SLA monitoring and to isolate and troubleshoot transient VoIP quality issues. For multi-site deployments with multiple Asterisk PBXs, the software agents can be employed to do periodic network assessments to ensure that the inter-Asterisk connectivity continues to support good VoIP quality.

For additional information on Packet Island, visit www.packetisland.com

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