NORTHFIELD, IL, May 19, 2006 – Digital Check’s scanners are designed and certified by independent third party test facilities to be in compliance with all appropriate requirements as defined by the United States Government Federal Communications Commission (FCC), by the independent Underwriters Laboratory (UL), and by the European Commission (CE).
The FCC, in this regard, is concerned with Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and separates requirements for limitation of radiated and conducted emissions into two classes. Class A devices are those marketed for use in commercial, industrial, or business environments. Class B devices are those marketed for use in the home. Digital Check scanners, as a result, are defined as Class A devices used in teller applications or the remote capture market.
The above referenced paper suggests that banks and corporate customers should check their equipment, and “Upon discovery of a Class A rating, they should carefully screen installations for adverse RFI effects. Beyond distortion of video signals (in CRT displays and security cameras), the most common symptom is simply unreliable computing, often blamed on bugs in new software.”
Check scanners, by nature, must be connected to a computer and display in order to operate and be useful. Today’s compact scanners depend totally upon high-powered Personal Computers to do the majority of the work associated with image creation, MICR decoding, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR). A high-quality clean image and accurate, reliable computing are paramount to meeting stringent bank performance requirements, and responsible for the vast acceptance these devices have seen in the marketplace.
It seems obvious that if a Class A scanner emitted so much RFI that it disrupted the very computer and display it was connected to, the system could never expect to function in the first place. There are literally hundreds of thousands of these scanners placed in service throughout the world over the past 10 years. We have never heard of even one instance of Class A certification not being adequate.
We won’t speculate as to what motivated the authors to write this white paper, nor speculate why some of the content appears to be authored by a PR agency, but we simply want to confirm that Class A devices, such as check scanners, continue to meet all FCC, UL, CE requirements for safety and effectiveness and assure you that scanners create no adverse effects on PCs, monitors, security cameras, nor do they create …”unreliable computing, often blamed on bugs in new software….”