Digitization is the future; Advances in the use of information technology (IT) have led to the creation of digitized activity in organizations. We’re digitizing materials from rich nations. What about the materials created by poor, less technically advanced nations and cultures? The World Digital Library is digitizing materials from around the world, but others need to join in to ensure that our digital collection is not skewed to one area of the world or to a specific socio-economic class.
Although there are lot of scanners of cheap price but these scanners are limited to ADF or flatbed scanning that too with lot of limitations for image processing. There are lots of hardware and software tools available to enhance the image, but these are available in parts and with different vendors. If we think of integrating these software and hardware pieces to develop a single independent solution, the cost shoots up and the idea is generally dropped or the project is executed inefficiently with limited software, which nobody wants.
There is mammoth scope of book scanning, but the solution (book scanner) is too expensive and is out of reach, especially for small or micro business organizations. Other major disadvantages associated with bulky book scanners are transportation, and after sales services as there are not many players available in every corner of world. Truly speaking these small and micro organizations together execute much more business than all big organizations together and here is the opportunity for software based solution vendors for introducing an alternate mode of book scanning leveraging existing devices.
We here propose to enable all professional digital cameras to act as professional book scanners. This will help all small, micro and even big business organizations to enhance the operational efficiency of their business processes, as these “tailored book scanners” are available in every corner of the world with guaranteed after sales services and are very easy to transport.
There are lots of professional cameras which support remote capture or shooting (i.e. can be directly connected and controlled through computer). Like Canon model EOS 1000D is an entry level professional camera and supports very advanced features for image capture, some of these features are not even available in professional book scanners like shooting in dark , setting ISO speed, setting shutter speed, detachable camera lenses etc. There are other similar camera models like Digital rebel XT, EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 5D, 1D Mark IIs etc with similar capabilities.
Newgen’s Image Processing technologies/engines can be integrated with any of these cameras to cater to the huge requirement of SMBs with small IT budgets. Newgen is moving one step ahead to provide international level software product/image processing technologies for these professional cameras, which no other vendor has ever provided. The existing scanning software of a professional book scanner is proprietary and is tightly integrated with the hardware of the book scanner, whereas Newgen is suggesting a generic product for every digital camera to act as a professional book scanner.