The Isle Of Man (Iom) Post Office’s Integrated Mailing Solutions (Ims)

The Isle of Man (IOM) Post Office’s Integrated Mailing Solutions (IMS)


Kevin Davies

The Isle of Man (IOM) Post Office’s Integrated Mailing Solutions (IMS) division recently purchased three high performance Kodak i1860 production scanners from an award winning electronic document scanning and data capture solution company. The thinking behind this purchase was to add additional document imaging capacity to its operations having won a substantial three-year high value forms processing contract from one of the UK’s best selling monthly magazines.

These new scanners can process volumes of up to 80,000 images per day, they are also able to capture images from a range of documents including such items as coupons and vouchers that can then be uploaded securely to the client’s mainframe computer.

The IMS held a comprehensive tender process and the contract was awarded to Capital Capture a Premier Kodak partner. Once selected they were instructed to supply the scanner hardware and associated software which included Kodak s own Capture Pro software, additionally some of the software modules were tailored in their forms design, specifically to cater to the IMS integration services. Furthermore, Autonomy Cardiff’s TeleForm 10.2 image capture technology was also implemented offering handwriting recognition and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capability which was a key requirement of the tender.

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The IMS is situated at the IOM Post Office HQ in Douglas, it is the fastest growing division within the business and it experienced a growth in revenues of 30% last year. They service in the region of 140 clients which include local government, financial services and international commercial organisations. The IMS offer businesses a one-stop-shop providing a variety of services including mail opening, printing, fulfilment, document scanning and data capture, stationary and franking.

They are the first such company on the Isle of Man and Channel Islands to be accredited with ISO/IEC 27001:2005, guaranteeing confidentiality, integrity and availability of all their clients commercially sensitive information.

Recently the General Manager of the IMS, Tony Randle stated “We wanted best-of-breed scanner equipment which is robust, reliable and easy for staff to use. Research carried out by our own IT staff and advice from Capital Capture showed that the Kodak i1860 scanners were head and shoulders above the competition, and we re very pleased we made the decision to buy them.”

The Kodak iL860 scanner is equipped with a 500 sheet feeder and operates at 200 pages per minute, offering virtually unlimited scanning capacity. The Isle of Man Post Office has a long history of utilising Kodak scanners within its operations and currently they have 12 in use: five i200 series workgroup scanners, two i1440 departmental scanners, two i640 production scanners and now three top of the range i1860s.

Due to IMS s current business objectives two of the new i1860 scanners are dedicated to one client only, processing their day-to-day requirements, the third is on standby for business continuity purposes. All of the new equipment supplied by Capital Capture, including the software, was installed, tested and implemented within four weeks which included the training of staff on how to use the new equipment. To date operation has been faultless.

It is imperative to the continued success of both the IMS and their Clients that they are able to achieve 100% uptime so they built this into their strategy, this strategy is explained here in more detail by Tony Randle “To ensure that our client gets its order processing completed, aggressive SLAs are in place meaning we guarantee 53,000 images are processed each day prior to a 2.30pm deadline, with the residue of documents handled by 6.30pm.There’s no room for system downtime hence having a spare i1860 available. As we are located in the middle of the Irish Sea, failover has to be instant – we simply can’t wait for an engineer to fly in if there’s an issue which our local service and support supplier can’t deal with.”

Naturally as a business objective the Isle of Man Post Office wants to increase the amount of scanning contracts that they service as much as possible, this is good for the local government and also serves to attract new business to the island.

Lisa Duckworth, Isle of Man Post Office’s head of support services, says, “The purchase of the i1860 scanners was fundamental to us winning the biggest client in our history a deal which demonstrates we can beat the largest data capture companies in the UK and abroad. Our value is cost competitiveness, speed of turnaround, but most importantly the fact we’re a post office everything is under one roof for clients which ensures safe, secure delivery day in, day out.”

To obtain information about the Kodak production scanner contact Capital Capture, we offer unique document scanning,

data capture

and document management services to improve efficiency and streamline business administrative processes.

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OhmyNews forum discusses experiences in citizen journalism

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Seoul —

The OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum (see previous report) concluded on Saturday with several speeches and a visit to sponsoring companies in South Korea’s technology sector. Some invited “citizen reporters” from around the world extended their stay by several days to tour the country. Since the conclusion of the conference, presentations and transcripts have been published on the OhmyNews web site. [1]

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University of Southern California spit test predicts cavities

Monday, February 21, 2005

Los Angeles, California —A simple saliva test can predict whether children will get cavities, how many cavities they will get and which teeth are most vulnerable.

Developed by researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the test quantifies the genetic component of tooth decay, spotting the risk when something can be done about it.

“When we apply this to young children, it allows us to predict what might be their future caries history—the number of cavities that they’ll get by, say, their late 20s or early 30s,” says researcher Paul Denny.

Called the Caries Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) test, the test measures the relative proportions in saliva of different types of sugar chains called oligosaccharides. The same sugar chains are present on tooth surfaces.

The effect of sugar chains on teeth’s resistance to disease is analogous to the effect of “good” and “bad” cholesterol on blood vessels. “Good” sugar chains tend to repel bacteria that cause cavities while “bad” allow bacteria to bond to teeth and start the decay process. Unlike cholesterol, however, sugar chain makeup in humans is 100% genetically determined.

Denny and colleagues have found that the sugar chain makeup in saliva can predict a child’s future cavity history to plus or minus one cavity with greater than 98% confidence.

The findings suggest that in developed areas of the modern era genes play a more significant role in tooth decay than in former times or third world nations where gross malnutrition and negligent oral hygiene held the greatest impact on dental health.


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Demonstrations planned to protest internet censorship in Finland

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

On March 4, 2008 a demonstration against censorship is planned to be held at the Finnish Parliament, part of the continuing controversy over the Finnish Internet child porn filter. The organizers of the demonstration expect at least two-hundred participants, with representatives of the digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Finland (Effi) and several political parties will also present.

The controversy arose after the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) blacklisted censorship critic Matti Nikki’s site. Matti Nikki himself is now under criminal investigation for aiding in the distribution of child pornography, as he published a large portion of the filtering blacklist on his still-censored website. MP Jyrki Kasvi has made an official inquiry in the Finnish Parliament on the matter, and Effi has filed an official complaint to the parliamentary ombudsman.

The Finnish Minister of Communication, Suvi Lindén, and the NBI have been severely criticized over the filtering system, which has been under heavy scrutiny by the media. After stating that she will not tolerate discussion criticizing the filtering system, as the situation is not a matter of freedom of speech, a petition was signed by over 12,000 people demanding her resignation. This was accompanied by a Thai civil rights group questioning the blocking as child porn of a memorial site dedicated to a member of the Thai royal family. Eventually the NBI removed the memorial site from the blacklist, explaining that the DNS based system blocks only whole sites, and that there was child pornography site under the same domain; this raised questions about the efficiency of the filtering system.

Lindén later admitted that she did not know the details of the filtering system, as it had been established by her predecessors, before the change of government in early 2007. She has nevertheless defended the system, citing the protection of children, but admitted that there are problems with the Finnish system, and in other countries with similar systems.

The NBI have published a statement explaining their actions, at the request of Lindén. In it the NBI stated that there are filtered sites that do not contain any child pornography, but claimed that it was not their fault, rather a side effect of the system. They also noted that they are planning to address this issue by switching from a DNS based filter to a URL based system.

According to a prominent Finnish expert of filtering technology, the planned URL filtering would cost least two million euros. This estimate comes at the same time that the government cut back funds for work against child abuse, causing further uproar.

The NBI’s official position is that they block pornographic sites where the actors look too young, and sites which link to these sites. The argument for the filtering is that there is a large amount of child pornography on the Internet, most of it based on servers in countries where the authorities are indifferent to the issue.

The general opinion after analysis by multiple people is that the list of at least 1,700 sites contains a handful of actual child pornographic sites, most of which are not located in Western countries. However, some sites in the list are located in countries like the United States, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Germany, and very few of those contain even questionable or borderline material. Dutch journalist Karin Spaink reviewed 40 sites on the list which were physically located in the Netherlands. She concluded that some of the sites have illegal child pornography, and that four of those are also blocked in the Netherlands by their equivalent filtering system. She estimated that about half of the 40 did not contain any illegal material.

Effi’s response to the NBI’s statement was that the issue with censorship is not technical but that it has no place in an open, democratic society.

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Pains of appendicitis


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A variety of symptoms that may change in time can be caused by appendicitis. An aching pain around the navel that often shifts later to the lower right abdomen is the most common early symptom. The pain may become sharper and more severe when the inflammation in the appendix spreads to nearby tissues, especially the inner lining of the abdomen.

At halfway between the navel and the top of the right pelvic bone can be found McBurney point, the place in the lower right abdomen 3/4 near the appendix where the pain tends to settle eventually. Depending on the age and the position of appendix the location of the pain may vary. For example appendicitis pain can appear in different places at young children.It will feel tender if it’s applied a gentle pressure to the area that hurts. When the pressure is done suddenly appendicitis pain will feel worse.The same applies when the patient is coughing, walking and making other jarring movements. That happens when the inflamed appendix touch the peritoneum, which is the silk-like membrane that lines the inner abdominal wall and enfolds the intestines. For a short time the pain may lessen if the person lies on her side or pulls her knees up toward her chest.Beside the pain can appear the following signs or symptoms like: nausea and sometimes vomiting, loss of appetite, a low-grade fever, constipation, an inability to pass gas, diarrhea and abdominal swelling. The appearance of appendicitis it is unknown. It may be the result of an obstruction when the food waste or a hard piece of stool becomes trapped in a orifice of the cavity that runs the length of the appendix, or an infection like a gastrointestinal viral infection, or the result from other types of inflammation.Appendix become inflamed and filled with puss because bacteria attack him and untreated promptly appendix may rupture. Because the pain of appendicitis can be changing over time it’s difficult to establishing a diagnosis. There are some diseases with abdominal pain that can resemble with appendicitis pain like: ectopic pregnancy, certain ovarian cysts, kidney stone and Crohn’s disease. For give an diagnosis the doctor will examine the abdomen. If the adjacent peritoneum is inflamed, when gentle pressure on the painful area is suddenly released appendicitis pain will feel worse. Others procedures which can be recommended by doctors to find if the patient has or has not appendicitis are: blood test, urine test and imaging tests which include abdominal x-ray, ultrasound scan, a computerized tomography (CT) scan.Because the appendicitis pain resemble with other disease pain it’s better to see a doctor for a correct diagnosis.

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Several blasts rock Mumbai commuter trains

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Seven bombs exploded Tuesday at various local railway stations in the city of Mumbai, India between 6:24 pm and 6:35 pm IST (GMT+5:30).

The first blast ripped through the first-class compartment of a local train from Churchgate to Borivali, near the Khar station. Subsequent blasts occurred at Bhayandar station near Mira Road, Mahim station, Matunga, Jogeshwari and Borivali. A seventh blast has occurred in the Khar-Santacruz subway. Local phone lines in Mumbai have been jammed. The Press Trust of India, quoting railway officials, said all seven explosions had targeted first-class cars. An eighth bomb was later defused at the Borivali station.

According to official report at least 183 people have died and over 714 were injured in the blasts, although the figures could rise given the fact that Western Railway trains are very crowded during the evening rush hour. Police are reportedly conducting raids throughout India in response to the bombings. Officials in Mumbai claim the explosions were a deliberate attack. India’s Home Minister Shivraj Patil said authorities had “some” information that an attack was coming “but place and time was not known”. Heavy monsoon downpours have hampered the rescue efforts of the emergency services.

The Indian capital New Delhi has reportedly been put on high alert after the blasts. Airports across the country are also on high alert as are sensitive installations in Mumbai. Mumbai’s train system has been suspended and calls are made to keep the public away from the city’s train stations.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh called a emergency cabinet meeting and then released a statement saying that the bombings which have hit India lately are “shocking and cowardly attempts to spread a feeling of fear and terror among our citizens”. The country’s leading opposition party, BJP, claimed that the current policies of the government put the country in danger for terrorism.

There has been no claim of responsibility, but the attack has the trademarks of Kashmiri Islamic terrorist groups like the Lashkar-e-Toiba. The group is known to have has set off bombs in quick succession in Indian cities before. India’s domestic intelligence agency, the Intelligence Bureau, claims that this attack, as also the grenade attacks in Jammu and Kashmir earlier today were aimed at diverting attention from the elections being held in Pakistani Kashmir.

A terrorist and key supplier of explosives were arrested in Jangpura area of Central Delhi on Monday after a tip-off. The police recovered 2 kg of RDX, an explosive widely used by the military, in his possession. The police are interrogating him to find out if he had anything to do with the recent bombings.

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Pakistani general election likely to be postponed

Monday, December 31, 2007

The electoral commission of Pakistan held a meeting today to decide whether the general election of the country will go ahead as planned next week on Saturday January 8, 2008. A firm decision is expected on Tuesday; however, according to CNN, Election Commission Secretary Kanwar Dilashad told The Associated Press that a recommendation has been made to the Government to delay the election. It has not been stated how long this electoral delay will be, as no new projected date for the election has yet been proposed.

Violent civil unrest has occurred across Pakistan following the assassination of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Benazir Bhutto; although this is now drawing to a close, its impact threatens to jeopardize the general election, combined with the aftermath of the state of emergency only recently lifted by President Pervez Musharraf.

Prior to her death Bhutto had accused Musharraf of attempting to rig the balloting and had called for a boycott. However, leaders of the PPP and other parties sympathizing with Bhutto’s view have now indicated that they will not boycott the election when it is held. It was announced yesterday that nominal control of the PPP will be held by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Mrs. Bhutto’s son; however his father, Asif Ali Zardari, has declared an intention to handle party affairs on behalf of his son, on the grounds that he is still “of a tender age” at 19 years old. Mr. Zardari has stated that the PPP will contest the poll.

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Brand Positioning And Branding Strategy

Brand Positioning and Branding Strategy


Cape Wine AcademyFive questions to ask on a brand positioning and strategy:

1. What are my brands perceived strengths and weaknesses vs. my closest competitors ?

2. What brand characteristics truly motivate my target market to buy?

3. What brand positioning will be relevant, credible, pre-emptible, sustainable, and profitable?

4. How do I bring my brand alive in communications, logo, and creative?

5. Where is the \’white space\’ in the market?

Every business wants to build and position their brand so that its target market can easily identify and connect with it. When a brand is prominent and creates positive feelings with its customers, it results in a

profitable brand

and long-term loyal customers. Achieving this however takes strategy and hard work to position a successful brand.

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Your brand is, in principal, your

business s identity

with your customers since it defines the business. It can be the business name, its logo, an excellent product and a business strategy. Branding can give the business the advantage to stay competitive in its market and grow, while representing value to a customer.

These are the first steps in

positioning a brand accurately in its market


Identify your target market

You must identify your target market in order to suitably design and display your brand to your target market in an enticing way.

Informing your market

Information about your business or product must be conveyed to your market in such a way that it attracts them and motivates them to buy the product. The customer must understand

why your product is better than the competition

and it s USP (unique selling proposition). Your audience must understand why they should buy your product over the competition.

Influencing brand perception

It may be beneficial to do a quick survey to find out how your brand is doing in the market. Create an

enhancement strategy

to set it apart from the competition. Positioning your brand in a particular segment will attract the type of customers your business wishes to reach.

Competitor Analysis

Conduct a competitor analysis; identify your competitive advantage so that you can design your

marketing message

in such a way that shows the customer why they should buy from you and not from competitors.

Design your marketing message

Understand that the meaning of the words you use to convey your message creates a perception in the customers mind. This means understanding the impact words, colours and images have on people and the feelings they can stimulate, therefore use the right selection to your advantage as this will influence the buyers thinking process.

Alternate Market

To ensure that you have the most effective brand positioning, an in-depth understanding of your competition is vital. Sometimes, you may need to identify the white space or gap in the market

creating an entirely new niche for your brand/product

, since it may not always be possible to compete head on with a larger market leader. Also the branding strategy that works for a market leader may not necessarily be effective for your brand.


Creating a

tailored branding strategy

for your business can help you stand out in your industry and build a captivating brand.

Brand positioning

is about training your customers minds about how to distinguish your product against competitors. Even though you know your product is better than the competition, this has to be consistently publicised to potential customers to increase market share.

To build a powerful brand,

you need to have all the elements of a brand strategy in place



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Australian emergency services personnel exposed to asbestos

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

At least 250 members of Australia’s emergency services personnel in New South Wales have been informed that they could die from exposure to fatal levels of asbestos following emergency response training south of Sydney.

Members of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) unit are thought to be at risk. They were told last week they may contract life-threatening illnesses following training on a demolition site at Holsworthy Army Barracks. The site was created to simulate rescues in the event of a terror attack or natural disaster. It has been regularly used by emergency services personnel since 2004.

Some of the emergency services personnel spent up to three weeks at a time crawling through the rubble.

Reports claim that when notified last week, senior personnel were left devastated. It can take decades for asbestos related illnesses to appear and can take up to 30 years before those exposed can be cleared of infection.

In addition to the emergency service personnel, doctors, nurses and hazardous material personnel could also be at a mild risk. Even Morris Iemma, premier of New South Wales, who visited the site has been warned he could be at risk.

According to The Daily Telegraph, a repected Sydney newspaper, it has been established that “No proper tests were done at the site before it became a training ground for hundreds of top-level rescuers in 2004″,”Personnel were kept in the dark for up to a year about the asbestos before being told last week”,”NSW public officials and a host of ministers may have been exposed”,”Ambulance chief Greg Rochford and Mr Mullins have been at the site and must face a health clearance”, and”The Dust Diseases Tribunal is conducting an investigation into the long-term impact the mass exposure could have on emergency services in NSW.”

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2008 Taiwan Excellence Gold and Silver Awards announced

Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday at the Taipei International Convention Center, the winners of the Gold and Silver Awards were announced at the 2008 16th-annual Taiwan Excellence Awards, an event created to promote products made in Taiwan. They were announced by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), which also organized the event.

This year, 601 products competed for the eight gold medals and twenty-one silver awards. In the ICT category, the competition was especially fierce as 388 ICT products were on display from the IT industry. In total, 308 products from 102 companies were entitled as “Taiwan Excellent Products”.

Several world-class experts judged the nominated products, in order to select the final twenty-nine based on four critical factors including R&D, design, quality, and marketing. In addition, the TAITRA also had categories where people could vote over the Internet or using their mobile phones.

ASUSTeK picked up two Gold Awards and six Silver Awards and was the biggest winner in the “Taiwan Excellence Awards”. Eee PC 4G, with features like mobility, reliability, and connectively, not only won a Gold Award, but was also voted as the “Most Popular Product” as awarded by Internet and mobile users.

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