If your branches are operating in a virtual environment,
Digital Check has hardware solutions just for you.
Two Ways to Get Connected in Your Branch Environment
If you’re already familiar with modern branch networking and need a hardware solution for your thin-client environment, we’ll cut right to the chase. Digital Check has two uniquely efficient and affordable ways to get you up and running.
Some of our scanners, including the SmartSource Expert Elite and SmartSource Expert Micro Elite, have built-in network intelligence. They can plug directly into your workstations and work just like that!
The SecureLink network adapter, pictured at left, can connect standard, non-network scanners to your virtual environment, containing all the intelligence onboard. This includes all of our current CheXpress and TellerScan products — and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a new scanner or an existing one already deployed.
New to Networking? What You Need to Know
Bank branches have been “networked” for a long time — but what that means today is a lot different from what it meant in the early days. Network enablement has come a long way in the last 10, 15, or 20 years, and the new wave of true cloud-based or virtual operating environments works a lot better with specialized hardware.
If you’re still exploring what a virtual environment means and how that could affect your IT profile, our short series of educational articles about network scanning is a good place to start!
How SecureLink Makes Network Integration Simpler
There are two main challenges with operating hardware peripherals in virtual environments: Bandwidth constraintsand controlling the device remotely. That second one can be a big problem if a device designed for a traditional Windows PC is plugged in to a thin-client or “zero-client” workstation with no software installed. Constant network calls to drive the device or keep it in an active state can overwhelm legacy systems.
By offloading most of that difficult work to the scanner itself (or to an external adapter), we eliminate potential sources of conflict. Scanners with Digital Check’s SecureLink network protocol also use a simplified set of browser-based commands to make addressing and controlling them easy!
The Importance of Driverless Scanners
You don’t need to be an IT genius to install our network scanners. In fact, once you’ve got your virtual environment up and running, the hard part is over! Since Digital Check’s SecureLink devices don’t rely on traditional Windows-based drivers, they’re operating-system independent. Not only can they be controlled by devices using nearly any operating system; it doesn’t matter whether it’s a traditional PC or laptop, a tablet, or even a smartphone.
How We Do It: Reducing Bandwidth Bottlenecks
It may not seem like it, but scanning documents is a very data-intensive process. What you “see” after scanning a batch of checks is a lot of small 10 KB and 20 KB images — but they don’t start out that way. It takes a lot of work to get them down to that size from the original raw camera images that can be 100 times larger. Two hundred files per minute, at 2-3 MB each, can slow almost any network to a crawl.
Digital Check’s SecureLink-powered scanners have their own built-in processing power and extra memory — a mini-computer on board your scanner! It’s a similar idea to, but not quite the same as, popular system-on-a-chip devices like the one pictured at left. Since the difficult work of image compression takes place on the scanner, it saves the raw files from going out over the network, and keeps your systems running smoothly.
Our embedded scanners, like the SmartSource Expert Elite and Expert Micro Elite, take advantage of industial Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) chips to make them secure and ready for business.
Are You Networkable?
If you’re in the mood for a look at the lighter side of the networked branch, check out Networkable, our series of short videos about the fictitious International National Bank. It’s entertaining as well as informative … or at least, that was the idea. We hope you enjoy it!