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West Caldwell, NJ, January 21, 2008 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that its document capture and routing system, GlobalScan™ 3.0, has received a “Five Star” overall rating from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), the leading global provider of critical test reports on document imaging products. Designed to quickly scan documents in paper-intensive environments, GlobalScan 3.0 received the highest possible rating from BLI due to its advanced features and its ability to streamline workflow and enhance productivity in organizations.

In the comprehensive evaluation performed by BLI, GlobalScan scored extremely well in the ease of use, documentation and security categories. With an intuitive graphical interface users can easily scan and route documents to their intended destinations. Moreover, administrators can effortlessly distribute electronic files with “one touch” scanning, which allows them to automatically preset scanning to route files to any folder or e-mail address with the press of a button. Additional features BLI pointed that support ease of use included improved optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities, which enables users to easily convert hardcopy documents into a number of electronic formats, as well as a feature to personalize messages by entering a message within the e-mail body so users can share special instructions or other important details with recipients when sending electronic files.

GlobalScan’s setup is straightforward, providing administrators with fast and simple installation. Once the GlobalScan server software is installed, applications are automatically loaded on the server and administrators can perform the installation remotely. Furthermore, the GlobalScan server automatically detects data folders in the back-end applications and public folders on the local area network (LAN). This eliminates the time-consuming process of linking each folder on the network to each device, improving efficiency and lowering costs. In addition, BLI noted that GlobalScan has superior documentation, offering easy-to-follow guides that are written for readers with no prior knowledge of the solution. The User’s Guide, Server Software Installation Guide and Administrator’s Guide all offer step-by-step directions supported by a variety of screen shots, charts and tables to further enhance ease of use.

BLI’s report also cited exceptional security features that make GlobalScan 3.0 particularly ideal for any organization that handles confidential data, specifically government agencies with strict regulations. A key differentiator is GlobalScan’s authentication scheme, which allows users to set-up a single sign-on (SSO) or separate login for the system’s various components depending on the need. In addition, BLI touted that the system offers 128-bit data encryption to ensure secure communication through the channel including the MFP, GlobalScan server and most destinations. By eliminating the need to encrypt information at the desktop, it is easier for organizations to comply with government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPPA. To further increase document security a password can be enabled to make any files that reach unintended recipients unreadable and password-protected.

“We are honored that GlobalScan 3.0 received a ‘Five Star’ rating from BLI for its superior ease of use, productivity and security features,” said Hede Nonaka, senior vice president, Document Solutions and Services Division, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Being acknowledged by an industry-leading organization like BLI reinforces the excellence of Ricoh’s products and solutions and is a testament to the hard work Ricoh puts into the R&D process to ensure we are providing only the best to our customers."

GlobalScan 3.0 is designed to handle large volumes of paper, making it ideal for a variety of vertical markets such as insurance, healthcare, government, transportation, real estate and finance. In addition, GlobalScan integrates with a wide variety of third-party applications and can connect up to 250 MFPs through one GlobalScan server, eliminating the need for desktop scanners.

To learn more about Ricoh’s full line of products, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com.

About Buyers Laboratory

For more than 45 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry’s most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI’s US and UK laboratories, the company has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company’s databases cover 10,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry’s most trustworthy and complete source for global competitive intelligence. They are available to BLI subscribers online via the company’s bliQ competitive information service. This encyclopedic resource also provides quick and easy access to BLI’s First Look Reports, Field Test Reports, Lab Test Reports, Solutions Reports, Digital Imaging Review and Business Consumer’s Advisor newsletters and OEM library.

In addition to the testing of office equipment for its subscribers, Buyers Laboratory provides a vast array of confidential for-hire private testing services that include document imaging device beta and pre-launch testing, performance certification testing, consumables testing (such as toner, ink and photoconductors), software and solutions and print media testing (including virgin and recycled papers).
For more information on Buyers Laboratory, please call (201) 488-0404, visit www.buyerslab.com or e-mail info@buyerslab.com.

About Ricoh Americas Corporation

Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 71-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2006 sales in excess of $17 billion, an 8.4 percent increase over the previous year.

Ricoh Americas Corporation directly or through its network of authorized independent dealers markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America. For fiscal year 2006, Ricoh Americas Corporation sales exceeded $3.3 billion, an increase of 7.4 percent over the previous year.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.ricoh-usa.com.

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Contacts:Linda MontefuscoMelissa Einfrank
Ricoh Americas Corporation

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