Users log into the Digital ReeL web client through a browser such as Internet Explorer. The interface replicates the look and feel of a common reader printer, enabling users to quickly retrieve information by book, page and document number, exactly as before with the physical microfilm archive – only now without the hassle of handling physical microfilm and reader printers. Rodewald continues, “Prior to Digital ReeL, all record retrievals had to occur on-site at our main office from physical microfilm. Now, citizens and San Luis Obispo County staff access records from public and staff terminals across County offices over a secure and fast T1 line. Very little end user training or assistance is required.” Other Departments through the County such as Assessor, Public Works and Planning can now access records online from their offices. The County is currently working on an agreement that would allow outside organizations that need regular access to these records (e.g. surveyors) the ability to log on from their office computers and access required records from the Digital ReeL web interface.”
About BMI Imaging’s Digital ReeL
Digital ReeL is both a service and a software application. Digital ReeL is a microfilm scanning service that includes software designed for viewing microfilm, microfiche and aperture card digital images. Digital ReeL is unique in the microfilm scanning industry for providing adjustable image enhancement to the end-user, allowing users to choose from multiple print settings. The Digital ReeL conversion service creates an exact digital replica of your microfilm, microfiche and aperture card records. The Digital ReeL application is available as software installed at the organization’s site or can be accessed from a workstation with a web browser. In addition, BMI offers Digital ReeL as a hosted service – users store their digitally converted images with BMI, accessing their images from the Digital ReeL Web interface.
About BMI Imaging
Since 1958, BMI Imaging Systems has been a leader in microfilm conversion, document imaging and document management solutions. BMI offers industry-leading scanning products from Canon and the ApplicationXtender document management product line from EMC. In addition, BMI has developed its own unique microform replacement software, Digital ReeL, which is available through resellers nationwide. Today, BMI staff consists of 80 employees, many who have been with BMI for decades. BMI converts an average of 3 million images per month and has an installed base of hundreds of content management solutions. BMI serves commercial and government agencies throughout the United States and has developed a customer list of more than 2,000 accounts. BMI is headquartered just outside San Francisco in Sunnyvale, California, with an additional production and sales facility in Sacramento, California.