By Missy Harris
HP Unveils world's largest Digital ImageInfoimaging Update
At the "Visual Communication Work Summit: The Uses of Infoimaging" in New York in October, Proctor & Gamble, Kemper, and Ford unveiled their digital imaging strategies.
Kemper Auto and Home, a provider of personal automobile and homeowner's insurance and ActivePhoto, a leading provider of automated imaging and workflow solutions, worked together to integrate digital photography and wireless imaging technology into their new claims-review process. Field representatives transmit digital images and data directly from the field, allowing everyone on the team to review them instantly, significantly reducing claims processing time.
Proctor & Gamble has exclusively licensed its proprietary VISIA technology to Canfield Clinical Systems. The VISIA Complexion Analysis System is the first digital imaging tool that provides quantitative measurement and analysis of visible and subsurface facial skin features and it will help in the cosmetic industry's focus on anti-aging.
At the summit, Ford demonstrated that it is using new and developing infoimaging technologies to make photographs and other images of Ford products available for multiple uses. Called MediaBin, the system develops and maintains brand management asset systems designed to allow corporations to promote products in multi-channel marketing programs and protect brand integrity.
Olympus Sponsors A Day in the Life of Africa
A Day in the Life of Africa, the first-ever "Day in the Life" book photographed entirely in digital.
Olympus, the project's premiere sponsor, supported each photographer with an E-20 SLR digital camera, lithium polymer battery set, 28mm equivalent wide-angle converter lens, and a 200mm equivalent telephoto extension lens. To give the photographers the invaluable ability to print and share their photos on location, Olympus provided each project participant with the Camedia P-200 portable dye-sublimation printer.
Fuji Drives NASCAR Racecar
This was the first time that Fujifilm had primary sponsorship of a NASCAR Winston Cup car. To support Target and Chip Ganassi Racing, Fujifilm bolstered its presence at Lowe's Motor Speedway with the FinePix "Picture of America" Tour truck and the famous Fuijifilm blimp.
Kodak Women on the Rise
Kodak Board Elects Smith-Pilkington SVP
The board of directors of Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, New York, has elected Karen Smith-Pilkington a senior vice president of the company. She is currently a corporate vice president and president of the Kodak Professional business unit, a position she assumed in November 2001. Prior to her current position, Smith-Pilkington was general manager, Output Products Business, Consumer Imaging, and a corporate vice president.
McCue Named KPro North American GM
Diane McCue has been named general manager of the Kodak Professional division's U.S. and Canada operations, replacing Lance Drummond, who has accepted a key management position with Bank of America. McCue, currently general manager for output solutions and a division vice president, begins her new position immediately. McCue joined Kodak in 1979 as a systems analyst.EPSON Earns SWOP Certification
EPSON Stylus Pro 7600 and EPSON Stylus Pro 9600 have received SWOP (Specification for Web Offsight Publications) certification in combination with EPSON UltraChrome Ink, EPSON Semimatte Proofing Paper, and the Colorproof XXL RIP from Best GMBH. The certification recognizes that these printing systems meet SWOP's strict industry guidelines for commercial proofing applications, producing images that are consistent and accurate with those of final Web offset-printed images.
Nikon has introduced Capture 3.5, in addition to upgrading firmware on its D1X, D1H, and D100 digital SLRs.
Nikon will also be offering buffer memory size enhancement service for its D1X camera.
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Capri Album's Business Program
Capri Album Company has developed a powerful six-part marketing and promotional program to help its wedding-photographer customers capture a greater share of the multi-billion dollar photograph and album business in their respective markets.
The plan brings together all the elements a photographer requires to gain a competitive advantage in the bridal marketexposure, traffic, selling toolswith the all-important closer.
Celartem Tech. Acquires Extensis
Sophie Smoliar Scholarship Awarded at photokinaPictured (l to r): Rainer Schmidt, managing director of the Photographic Industry Association; Jürgen Nefzger, award recipient; and Kathy Schneider, group publisher, Cygnus Business Media, and vice president of the IPC.
The International Photographic Council (IPC) and Photoindustrie-Verband e.V. presented Jürgen Nefzger with the Sophie Smoliar Scholarship Award. Nefzger, a German photographer, is currently based in Paris, France. The award is given to up-and-coming photographers whose works illustrate their commitment to the IPC slogan "Peace Through Understanding, Understanding Through Photography, the Universal Language."