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Ricoh Unveils eCabinet, the First Networked Information Management Appliance.

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 1999--

Captures, Files and Retrieves Daily Workgroup Documents for Small

Offices and Corporate Departments

Ricoh Silicon Valley, Inc. today unveiled the eCabinet(TM), an information management solution targeted to solve the daily document management needs of small businesses and corporate department workgroups. Ricoh's eCabinet is the world's first affordable, centralized product for automatically capturing, filing and retrieving documents from virtually any source -- such as e-mails, faxes, Web-content, photocopies, scans and PC documents.

The eCabinet is Ricoh's flagship information management solution. This revolutionary product combines the strength of office networks, the Internet and advanced thin-server technology to create an integrated system that allows workgroups to easily manage both electronic and paper documents. Office workflow information is routed through eCabinet and automatically captured with state-of-the-art OCR and indexing technology. Once documents are stored in the reliable, secure and flexible database, they can then be instantly searched and retrieved through the convenient eCabinet Web user interface--based on content, date, owner or assigned keyword. Because eCabinet simply plugs into an office network and is built on open interfaces and protocols, it is easily configured to seamlessly capture all information created and exchanged by leading office peripherals and the Internet.

"With the eCabinet solution, office workgroups will never again have trouble locating a misplaced fax, or a presentation document that was prepared by a vacationing colleague," said Steve Weyl, president of Networked Office Appliance Division of Ricoh Silicon Valley. "eCabinet is a powerful, dedicated product that opens up a whole new realm of information management solutions for small businesses and corporate departments -- customers that are currently not well served by enterprise document management systems, or small-office software packages."

Centralized Document Management

Now, for the first time, workgroups have access to all of their daily electronic and paper documents in a single, centralized location. Through a convenient Web-based interface, users can easily search for documents that have been digitally captured and automatically filed by eCabinet. Individual users can even control which documents they do or do not want captured. Extremely flexible, the system files documents in virtually any configuration the user prefers. With the eCabinet solution, workgroups will be able to dramatically improve their ability to manage the entire range of structured and ad hoc daily workgroup documents they encounter.

Key Benefits of eCabinet

-- Easy Document Capture -- Low Document Storage Costs -- Fast Document Retrieval -- Connects Quickly to Any Network -- Brings Your Work Together

Simple Installation and Operation

The eCabinet is designed for simple installation and easy operation. The total installation and configuration process can be completed in a matter of minutes. After assigning the system an IP address, eCabinet is conveniently available to the entire workgroup through their choice of Internet browsers.

About Ricoh Silicon Valley

Located in Cupertino, Calif., Ricoh Silicon Valley, Inc. (RSV) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd. RSV provides networked office solutions that optimize the combined strengths of office networks, the Internet and thin-server hardware/software technology. Designed specifically for the information management needs of small companies and corporate department workgroups, RSV's networked office products offer efficient, easy to use and affordable solutions for daily workgroup information management. Ricoh's new generation of office appliance products help streamline workgroup efficiency and usher in a new era of document management solutions for today's small office and corporate department environments.

About Ricoh Company

Ricoh Company Ltd. of Japan, is a leading provider of office automation solutions with 1998 sales in excess of $11 billion. Ricoh Corporation is a recognized pioneer in the development of computer-connected and digital multifunctional document systems and is a top supplier of diversified office automation equipment and electronics. For more information, please visit the company's Website at http://www.ricoh.com. For more information on eCabinet, please call Ricoh at (877) 580-3030.
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