Ricoh launches Barcode Scanning Digital Camera

Camera embeds barcode data into high-resolution images

Ricoh Americas has introduced the Ricoh 500SE Digital Camera with integrated barcode scanning capabilities. Designed for barcode-based workflows that require high-quality images, the 500SE provides an easy to use all-in-one ruggedised solution that overcomes the image quality shortfalls of alternative systems.

Ricoh recognises the importance of image quality when photographing bar-coded assets or objects. By taking a camera-first approach in designing the 500SE, we have developed a superior solution for relating images to barcodes, said Jeff Lengyel, Manger of Ricoh Americas Digital Camera Division.

The 500SE supports all popular 1D barcodes and can scan barcodes optically through its lens or it may be augmented with the SE-4 laser-scanning module for workflows that require laser scanning. The scanned barcode information is embedded directly into a data area in the JPEG files as they are captured. An on-board data-dictionary allows for additional user-defined information, such as the photographers name or job number, to be embedded into the images as well. When the resulting data-image is transferred to a computing device all of the embedded meta-data is extracted automatically and used to perform a variety of automated tasks such as renaming the image based off the barcode data, imprinting the information on the image or even creating a complete database of all the images and their related meta-data.

The 500SE is equipped with 802.11b/g and Bluetooth capabilities to wirelessly transfer images directly to handheld devices or servers as the images are captured. Built to operate reliably in the harshest of conditions, the 500SE is shock resistant and waterproof. 

Suggested retail of the 500SE is $899.00. The SE-4 laser-scanning module is $349.00. Ricoh is seeking qualified Developers and Value Added Resellers in the bar-coding industry to offer the camera as part of an integrated solution.

About Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a leading provider of document solutions. Ricohs fully integrated hardware and software products help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents. Ricohs line of document management devices include, color and black & white digital imaging systems, facsimile products, cameras, printers, scanners, digital duplicators, production printing products and wide format engineering systems. Additionally, Ricoh offers a wide variety of document and printing solutions directly and through strategic alliances enhancing office productivity and document workflow. Ricohs document management software enhances workgroup collaboration and offers secure storage, retrieval and sharing of critical information.

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