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Trends transforming the office: R&D and case studies

Non-core business outsourcing

[IT services, document management]

We provide one-stop support, as a ­single source for multivendor products, for building and managing IT environments that require a specialized approach. We offer @Remote, which tracks equipment status remotely and collects information, such as the need to replace expendables, thereby freeing customers from the ­trivial details of equipment operation. We also analyze trends in equipment use by sector, gleaned from @Remote, and apply these insights to deliver and develop better solutions.
Our Managed Document Services (MDS) ­facilitates all document-related workflows and ­administration, and we are augmenting the menu with additional services.

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Workflow collaboration

[Enhanced MFP with improved cloud connectivity and other functions]

Enhanced cloud connectivity makes it easy to execute various workflows via the MFP. With services, such as cloud print and cloud scan, we provide environments that enable flexible printing in-house and easy document access from outside.

[Remote communication]

The RICOH Interactive Whiteboard D5500, which enables users—even those at remote locations—to share displayed and handwritten content in real-time, and the RICOH Unified Communication System for portable videoconferencing allow for smooth communication among distant sites worldwide.

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Emerging markets

In 2012, we opened an advanced IT research laboratory in the southern Indian city of Bangalore to provide leading-edge IT core technologies to meet the needs of emerging markets. Having a local presence in India has demonstrated the adaptability of our core technologies to solutions in the fields of education and healthcare. Moreover, in April 2013 we endowed a course at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar for joint academic-industrial projects and research on IT usage and user interfaces.
We are also looking to the potential of reverse innovation—the process by which solutions built for new markets breed innovations in advanced economies.

Anytime anywhere

[Portable videoconferencing system and webconferencing system]

The RICOH Unified Communication System, which integrates video and voice over the Internet, is an easy way to realize remote communications, such as videoconferencing, without designating specific locations.
Proprietary M2M communications platform technology supports this kind of Internet connectivity. We build ideal platforms on the cloud, enabling real-time, two-way video and voice communications and multi-location communications. Complementing the P3000 and Apps for PC, iPad and iPhone*, we added the P1000, a display-type model with built-in battery, to make mobile work more efficient.

* iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Unified Communication System

[Paperless conferences]

Amid the spread of tablets as well as heightened ­environmental awareness, we developed the RICOH Smart Presenter as a way to support communications and make it easy to share information at paperless meetings. Materials are simply uploaded to a dedicated server and then automatically converted to PDF files, and when participants opt to attend a meeting, the necessary materials are then displayed on the participants’ terminals. A page displayed on every tablet can be synchronized with the presenter’s page.

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RICOH Smart Presenter

[Ultra-short-throw projector]

This projector offers a unique solution in various situations, such as digital signage, videoconferencing and paperless meetings, where space is limited. It features Ricoh’s innovative optical technology to keep both the projector footprint and weight to a minimum while enabling ultra-close-image projection.

Ultra-short-throw projector

Environmental conservation

[Continuous improvement of the environmental performance of MFPs]

[Office energy management]

Ricoh is developing office energy management solutions using technology that visualizes energy consumption per office floor, technology to automatically control LED lighting and office equipment, and technology that detects people to adjust power settings to an optimum level.

[Stand-alone power source: complete solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell]

[New applications for rewritable media]

We put a layer on rewritable media to block oxygen and ultraviolet light and developed an algorithm to eliminate character crossing points, which cause media to deteriorate. Our rewritable laser system, which can rewrite 1,000 times with laser contactless technology, has been adapted to a large logistics site. This technology has led to the winning of an award, given by the Imaging Society of Japan in fiscal 2012.

Rewritable Laser System

Security and safety

[Common Criteria certification ­initiatives]

In 2010, Ricoh MFPs became the first to earn ­Common Criteria certification (ISO/IEC 15408), meeting international standards for security. A wide range of models have subsequently earned the certification.

[Hard disk security functions]

In MFPs, printers and production printers with the built-in TPM (Trusted Platform Module) security chip, encryption keys come in pairs, which are used to encrypt, for example, hard disk data. This protects data stored on the hard disk inside the product and ensures a high level of hardware security. In ­addition, user authentication and a filtering function thwart unauthorized network access, thereby preventing the risk of information leaks.

Innovation in new business domains

Incident light from the superwide-angle lens is reflected by a prism mirror, angled 90 degrees, and received by the image sensor.

Ricoh’s unique optical and image processing technologies led to the development of RICOH THETA, which captures spherical images all around the photographer.

Optical technology enables compact device
The RICOH THETA features symmetrically positioned, inflection optical systems. We placed a prism in each optical system, and by bonding both prisms together, we significantly reduced the parallax influence between two points of observation (superwide-angle [fish-eye] lenses on both faces of the device), which facilitated the creation of a very compact device. This is a proprietary micro-twin-lens inflection optical system.

Image processing technology generates spherical image in real-time
The RICOH THETA joins two images to create a single spherical image. In joint image processing, respective areas in each of the two images are pattern matched to pinpoint jointing points, and then the two images are converted into a spherical-image format, taking into account the detected jointing points and lens properties of each optical system. By blending the two images, it is possible to create a single spherical image in real time that the user can browse with a dedicated app.

Feature2: Case studies for new business
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