Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS) today introduced a multi-function remote deposit scanner that offers companies a low-cost, easy way to deposit checks from their offices directly into their bank accounts, and provides financial institutions with a cost-effective remote capture solution for small business customers.
The new Unisys SmartSource™ Micro series, which sells for under $200, is the lowest priced check scanner available today. It also is the smallest device in the industry, measuring only 8 by 2.75 inches.
“The Unisys Micro series is the remote capture hardware solution that small businesses demand – a low cost, easy-to-use device that comes with essential functionality and none of the extra features that add cost,” said Alan Howard, president of Unisys Payment Systems. “We provide a price point where the business case for image capture makes complete sense. Both small business owners, and banks who market to them, can improve administrative functions, and also potentially provide faster access to cash flow which is especially critical in today’s tight economy.”
The Micro series scanner is completely USB powered, requiring no additional external power source. The scanner uses optical character recognition technology to read the magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) line on checks allowing for easier processing since checks do not need to be specifically aligned on the scanning path. The Micro series also can accommodate items from 0.1 to 1.0mm thick, providing additional image capture capabilities for non-check items such as driver’s licenses, coupons, and receipts. The scanner is compatible with Silver Bullet’s Ranger interface and is fully TWAIN compliant, so integration efforts for these existing applications are minimal.
As a companion to the new Micro series scanner, Unisys also offers a new complete web-based remote capture solution in conjunction with Clear Payments Incorporated (CPI), a Nashville-based software solutions provider. The new solution integrates the convenience of the Micro series scanner with CPI’s leading RemitMaster application. By eliminating additional expenses of application support and customer management, this solution lowers costs and provides greater return on investment for financial institutions looking to develop remote deposit capture programs for the small business market. Small business owners can also take advantage of this new solution regardless of their banks’ affiliation with CPI or Unisys.
“This scanner is to remote deposit capture what the POS terminal is to credit cards,” said Randy Simoneaux, chief executive officer of Clear Payments Incorporated. “By combining a solid product like the Unisys Micro series with our proven RemitMaster application, CPI and Unisys have removed the barriers of entry into the small business remote deposit capture market.”
The Micro series scanner is the newest addition to the Unisys SmartSource family of image scanning, item-processing products which work well in a variety of environments, including back office, teller, and corporate capture. Volume shipments for the SmartSource Micro series will be available on May 1, and the total solution package late second quarter of 2009. For more information, see www.unisys.com/go/micro .
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 28,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com .