Distributor Tech Data is working with Fujitsu and Netgear to bring together a series of exclusive bundles to help courts and law firms go paperless and reduce costs.
The UK government is investing in technology to improve the efficiency of criminal proceedings and as part of this drive it plans to deliver the ‘digital courtroom’ for both magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court.
Courts will have to go paperless by July 2016. Tablets are already being used in many courts to present evidence electronically and all courts are expected to move away from using paper-based processes completely.
One estimate suggests that £23 million per year could be saved by the civil and criminal court system simply by eliminating the need to store, photocopy and transport 160 million pages of hard-copy documents.
This will mean that many documents need to be scanned for recording and presentation on tablets and devices. As a result, courts and law firms need to find easy ways to scan and store all paper-based information.
The Fujitsu-Netgear bundles aims to make it easier for resellers to target these courts and law firms.
“Some firms will only need a fairly simple solution but others will need much greater capacity, so the options are capable of supporting those different needs,” commented Lindsay Browning, Fujitsu scan business development executive at Tech Data.
“The NAS box is accessible remotely, meaning that solutions can be drawn up for multiple locations. Many courtrooms are already going digital, so investment is being made right now.
“These bundles make it easier to offer a simple solution at a very competitive overall price, and as they come complete with software, they are easy to install and use right away. In most cases this will not affect the existing hardware infrastructure,” she added.
Three options are being made available using the Fujitsu scanners and Netgear NAS devices with specific storage capacities installed. They combine the entry-level ScanSnap iX500 with a 900GB NAS device; the mid-range fi-7160 with 2.7TB and the high-end fi-6400 with 4.5TB capacity installed in the NAS unit.