Digitisation is at nascent stage in India and will keep on growing in the next 4-5 years as increasing number of verticals are eventually realising the need and importance of scanning and preservation of documents, says Jaspreet Singh in an interaction with ENN’s Ritika Bisht
How does Canon India’s vision is aligned with the PM’s vision of ‘Digital India’?
Speaking of Digital India, today to obtain a passport the documents required are scanned and uploaded online; and the enabler of this ease is the scanner. The scanner market is evolving for the past many years and is still growing. So, Canon being the technology and imaging leader is very focussed and poised towards the Digital India initiative.
Paperless offices are a part of the Digital India initiative, however going completely paperless is not possible. We have to find an alternate solution which could reduce the usage of paper. The purpose of digitisation is not only to create a paperless environment but also to preserve documents and make them accessible.
How are you helping your clients to achieve digitisation?
Canon recently launched a product for the government for the scanning of old and fragile legal documents. Keeping the delicate nature of the document in mind, the product has a legal size flatbed along with ADF (Auto Document Feeder) for scanning. About a year ago, Canon launched the P-201, which is a portable scanner weighing just 550 grams and it can be carried anywhere. Devices like the P-201 come handy in situations where scanning is a requirement for masses, like the Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojana. The portable scanner can be carried along with a laptop; the documents can be scanned and uploaded instantly, at the customer’s home itself, thus saving time.
What sets you apart from your rivals?
Canon provides value to its customers, by giving them not just a product but end-to-end digitisation solutions as well. By end-to-end, we mean that starting from scanning document the product would then be able to archive the same. Thus, we provide archival as well as retrieval solutions. We provide the customer with latest technology which is easy to use, fulfils their requirements and finally give good support.
As a global business player, what problems do you face operating in India?
Do you think the environment is conducive for doing business here? In India, the digitisation requirement is growing. Right now, priority is digitisation and people want to know how they can move ahead with digitisation. Events like e-India are an initiative which can be utilised to educate partners or customers in telling them why digitisation is important for an organisation.
I really appreciate the fact that in government departments people have really started with focussing their attention on digitisation, be it any vertical. Digitisation has taken front seat and it is happening across India.
Any new product launch that we can expect from Canon.
Last month, we introduced many new products like the high speed departmental level A4 scanner which can scan up to 60 pages /minute; we launched another scanner in A3 size which also scans 60 pages /minute. For the banking vertical, we launched CR- 135i UV which is the sought after UV Cheque scanner. We introduced this product because of the compliance that cheque should be UV scanned. With all these new products, we provide end-to-end solutions to every department.
With all the talks about digitisation, where do you see the future of printing?
Scanning and printing go hand in – hand and thus are inseparable. People do not have to carry the documents all the time but still they have to print. Even with digitisation, people will keep on printing but the purpose of Digital India is to preserve and increase the life of the document. Digitisation in next 4-5 years will become one of the key areas which will become the focus of all verticals and especially the government. India has just embarked on this mission and we have a long way to go.