HIPSCAN will develop a "virtual copier", a secure seamless end-to-end service for paper-less communication of colour documents over open fixed and mobile networks. HIPSCAN's advanced embedded system components for intelligent scanning and printing will free users from complex computer manipulation. Basic technology developments relate to image signal acquisition (digital camera with CMOS sensors), intelligent printing systems, advanced image compression, security algorithms. At application level, a networked virtual copy environment will be validated with end-users in an international business organisation. HIPSCAN's "virtual copier" technology will address the market of professional users with needs for trust, reliability, timeliness, scalability and interoperability with a high quality document transmission solution. More integrated specialised network appliances will then be derived for SOHO and consumer markets.
HIPSCAN will bring the benefits of state-of-the-art ICT technology in the domain of document communications. It will develop an end-to-end service solution for document acquisition, communication and printing of photo-quality colour documents. HIPSCAN devices will support direct network connections and free users from the manipulation of complex computer applications hence addressing the large majority of non-IT minded users. Seamless use will be enabled by highly intelligent embedded systems. HIPSCAN systems will support automatic recognition of the optimal settings concerning document formats and content (document size, image types), and chose the optimal compression, scanning and printing settings. The powerful data processing will support real-time processing of image signals, data compression and AES based encryption. HIPSCAN will provide a trusted environment for paper-less transmission of paper document with a user-friendly security solution based on smart cards.
To implement the HIPSCN "virtual copier", four basic technology developments will be carried out:
- A document acquisition technology with a digital camera (CMOS image sensors) and an intelligent embedded system integrating fast image signal processing, data compression, security and direct network interface, for the digitalisation and communication of high-quality colour documents
- An advanced still image compression / decompression unit based on the T.44 ITU recommendation (Mixer Raster Content).
This HW implementation will support parallel JPEG and JBIG compression and process in real time image data at over 46 Mbytes/s
- A security system providing the first HW implementation of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard - Rijndael cryptography) and smart card based user identification, to create a secure environment for document communications
- An Intelligent Printing System, with embedded processing of document content for receiving and reproducing any type of document without the "intermediation" of a PC, and offering the capability of handling security and authentication features.
Based on this technology HIPSCAN will set-up demonstrators to validate a user- friendly, fast and secure end-to-end document communication service in different configurations and networks. End-users from an industrial marketing department and its business partners will be involved to evaluate HIPSCAN under real world conditions. The flexible "virtual copier" service will first address the needs of professional users (industry, administration, public services) for a high-quality document transmission service providing security, reliability, timeliness, scalability and interoperability. HIPSCAN technology will further enable a new class of SOHO and home oriented network appliances for consumer featuring photo-quality document transmission and reproduction for e-commerce and entertainment applications.
M03: HIPSCAN Website
M04: General Specifications
M10: CMOS image sensor camera
M12: Initial Exploitation Plan
M17: Security chip-set
M18: Image compression chip-set
M19: Intelligent Document Scanner system
M19: Intelligent Printer system
M24: Final Report and Technical Implementation Plan
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts