Kodak Alaris Partners with Google to Build an IoT Strategy

Allison Correia
Jan 29, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the millions of smart devices that are connecting with each other, and we see it impacting and infiltrating the document solutions industry.  Last year, Google launched Brillo and Weave, the key parts of their new IoT platform, to enable easier device setup, phone-to-device-to-cloud communication, and user interaction from mobile devices and the web. Google is presenting Weave as “a solution for everyone:” OEMs, app developers, and end-users. With Weave, OEMs can build interoperable communications into their devices, build on Brillo, or add the Weave capability library to their existing OS.  App developers can use Weave to extend the reach of their iOS and Android apps by building one app to control multiple devices at home or work, and leveraging Google services such as voice actions.

Earlier this month (January 5th), Kodak Alaris announced their partnership with Google to make it easier for users to connect to document scanning  devices from any type of computing environment—mobile, desktop, or cloud—by taking advantage of Brillo and Weave. Google featured the Kodak Scan Station networked scanner, among other web-connected “smart home” technologies, in its exhibit at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 6-9.

“Weave provides the building blocks to connect directly or through the cloud by providing a common language for apps or services to use across multiple devices,” said Susheel John, Category Director, Distributed Capture for Kodak Alaris’ Information Management division. “This leads to faster adoption of new technologies and lower implementation costs. It also makes document capture at the point of customer contact and onboarding information into a business process more efficient, ultimately improving responsiveness to customers.”

IoT is evolutionary and accelerating, already showing its impact on the office document solutions and equipment industry. Vendors should look to develop more robust security, analytics, and business process capabilities to further push into this area in 2016 and take advantage of the opportunities IoT presents.

 

Read more about IoT, office document solutions market trends/impacts, and InfoTrends’ future predictions in Road Map 2016 for Network Document Solutions and Vertical Market Business Opportunities. Contact Scott Phinney for more information at scott.phinney@infotrends.com

 

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