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Ricoh's iMove system - the RDC-i700 camera in weatherproof housing. Copyright © 2001, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Ricoh announces wireless imaging solution!
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, November 12, 2001 - 16:55 EST)

RDC-i700 gets new functionality for streaming live video over the web...

Ricoh Corp. has today announced its new iMove system, which features the RDC-i700 digital camera as part of a system allowing wireless streaming video from any environment to another location over the web. We had a sneak preview of the system in action last night at the Digital Focus press event, and were most impressed!

Ricoh's iMove system - the RDC-i700 camera in weatherproof housing. Copyright © 2001, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!

The first part of the system is a weatherproof housing for the camera, which seals it from the external environment and thanks to large control buttons and dials, should allow use whilst wearing gloves. This, coupled with a wireless 802.11 LAN card allows the camera to transmit 320x240 pixel images at 10 frames per second in real time from its built-in web server via a palm-sized 802.11 bridge to a wireless access point.

Ricoh's iMove system. Copyright © 2001, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
The entire system costs $2500, and as well as the real-time video capability, remote viewers can use the camera's built-in web server to control it, capturing full-sized 3 megapixel images. The system has a range of 300 feet from the access point using 802.11 LAN technology, or up to 3 miles with proprietary wireless systems - and obviously with the access point being connected to the Internet, the images and video can be viewed from pretty much anywhere.

Available immediately, Ricoh says that the iMove system has been deployed in hospitals and on construction sites already.

The image below shows a hand-out from Ricoh which we received, which describes the entire iMove system.

Ricoh's iMove system - the iMove hand-out. Copyright © 2001, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!

Source: Ricoh Corp.

Original Source Press Release:

Ricoh Introduces Wireless Handheld Surveillance Solution for Mobile Remote Site Monitoring; iMove System Transforms RDC-i700 Into Collaborative Internet Imaging Solution Via 802.11

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 2001--Ricoh, www.ricohzone.com, today introduced a breakthrough in digital imaging that combines 802.11 technology with Ricoh's RDC-i700 wireless Internet-ready digital camera. The iMove (Internet Mobile Observation Equipment) system converts the RDC-i700 into a real-time image transmission device allowing off-site project managers to receive live video feeds from surveillance teams in the field.

The iMove system is designed to help dispersed business teams monitor time-critical projects, easily and inexpensively. The compact, handheld camera can broadcast what it "sees" at 320x240 pixels to a Web browser at a rate of 10fps (frames per second) providing a revolutionary means to visually collaborate over great distances. Once logged on to the camera's built-in graphical Web interface, remote viewers can control the camera in a variety of ways. Users can also capture ultra-high-resolution 3 million pixel images that are automatically transferred to a secure photo sharing and archiving site.

"Mobile remote monitoring and surveillance has always required a significant investment in video equipment and broadcast-savvy operators, making it impractical for most time and budget sensitive projects," said Jeff Lengyel of Ricoh's Digital Camera Division. "The Ricoh iMove system is a breakthrough in digital imaging technology that makes remote mobile surveillance a realistic and critical component of any project. It saves time and money, significantly reducing the number of onsite inspections and empowering project leaders to make more informed decisions remotely."

Featuring a weatherproof housing for the compact RDC-i700, the solution is suited for any environment and weather condition and is ideal for use in the construction, medical and disaster assistance industries.

The iMove system includes video archiving of all the feed sent by the camera, thus providing a visual record of everything captured by the camera. Multiple cameras may be monitored simultaneously, allowing for multiple camera deployments. The operating range of the camera is 300 feet from the access point when using 802.11, or up to 3 miles by using proprietary wireless systems. Users connected to the access point server can access the camera's unique IP address from anywhere in the world.

At $2,500, the complete iMove system includes the RDC-i700 digital camera, a palm-sized 802.11 bridge to talk to any access point and a PCMCIA LAN card. The weatherproof housing allows the system to operate in harsh environmental conditions. The iMove system is available now by calling Ricoh at 909/890-9039.

The iMove system has recently been deployed in hospitals so physicians can have a virtual presence as interns make patient rounds, and in construction sites where inspectors and construction leads can collaborate on project conditions and completion points for determining next-steps. Images and references are available upon request.

The RDC-i700 iMove VAR Program

Ricoh is seeking industry-specific VARs, System Integrators, and other strategic partners to integrate wireless imaging and the iMove system into business workflow solutions.

To register, or for more information regarding the iMove VAR program, contact 909/890-9039.

The RDC-i700 is an ultra-portable business productivity solution for anywhere, anytime image communications that took Time Magazine's Innovation of the Year Award. The 3.34-megapixel, Internet-ready RDC-i700 captures crisp images and video, sends and receives e-mail including attachments, sends images of documents directly to fax machines, surfs the Web, creates image-rich documents and HTML files, and can FTP data and images directly from the camera.

About Ricoh Corp.

Ricoh Corp., headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 65-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with Fiscal Year 2000 sales in excess of $14 billion.

Ricoh Corp., established in 1962, is a leading provider of computer-connected and digital multifunctional document systems, and is a market leader in color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, printers, scanners, digital duplicators and wide format engineering systems.

The Company oversees Ricoh operations in North, Central and South America, including the Savin, Gestetner and Lanier brands. For Fiscal Year 2000, Ricoh Corp.'s sales exceeded $2.1 billion and employs more than 11,000 people.

Ricoh has received the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Energy Star Imaging Equipment Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- the EPA's highest industry award. In addition, Ricoh was honored for its commitment to the environment with the Council on Economic Priorities Environmental Stewardship Award.

In 2001, Ricoh was named by BUSINESS WEEK as one of the TOP 100 Information Technology Companies in the World. Ricoh has received the Market Research Consultants Digital Copier Manufacturer of the Year Award for 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.ricoh-usa.com.

Note to Editors: Ricoh and Ricoh RDC-i700 are trademarks of Ricoh Ltd. All other trademarks or product names are property of their respective owners.

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