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Scan prepares for European take off

Scan Conversion Services is predicting a period of rapid growth following the launch in March of its powerful document scanning and viewer software in Europe.

The Adelaide software developer is unveiling its DataViewer system at the CeBIT 2001 IT exhibition in Germany, and CEO Richard Bates expects a five-fold jump in sales will follow over the next 12 months.

Scan Conversion software corporate, government and military organisations the ability to scan and store large format technical images electronically.

The company also offers a highly-secure internet hosting service so that its customers can store documents online and retrieve them worldwide.

"DataViewer's compression technology enables clients to easily access fiels of 500 megabytes or more through the Internet," Mr Bates said.

"Distribution agreements have already been secured in several European countries prior to the CeBIT launch, so we are very confident of rapid growth, particularly in countries such as the UK, Germany and France.

"We are on target for $1 million exports the financial year and overseas sales are likely to represent 90 percent of turnover within 12 months."

Since establishment in 1996, Scan Conversion Services has built a strong client base throughout Australia and New Zealand, including ETSA, SA Water, Australian Research Defense unit, Radio Rentals, Kimberly Clark, Electranet, Uniter Water, Brown & Root, Epic Energy and Western Mining.

Once of the contracts involved turning half a tonne of engineering drawings into a briefcase of CDs, to make it easier for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) to conduct off-site maintenance of its aircraft.

"DataViewer has extended the RNZAF's ability to support and maintain aircraft through dramatically improved retrieval, storage and usability of sensitive and complex information,” Mr Bates said.

"This same technology can be applied to any other military or civil aviation operation, so the market is potentially huge.

"It's been estimated that the desktop imaging market will grow 23 percent to more than US$700 million by 2003, with a recent European survey listing document archiving and retrieval as the third most important IT issue."

Mr Bates said the Business Centre, a division of the Department of Industry and Trade, had provided critical support to Scan Conversion during its start-up years, including assistance with marketing and financial management.

"The Business Centre has been of immense help and is one of the reasons we're celebrating our fifth years in business," he said.


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