Turning devices into powerful translators and much more: Konica Minolta upgrades bizhub Evolution

| 7 August 2019

Konica Minolta’s flexible cloud-based platform for office workflows and communication, bizhub Evolution, has been upgraded to include a powerful new translation service to enable users to seamlessly translate documents while also keeping the document format. The solution is equipped with an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered engine and utilises a self-learning algorithm to deliver its translations. All this can be processed via mobile, desktop computer or Konica Minolta’s bizhub devices.

Since its introduction in 2016, the convenient and flexible smart services platform bizhub Evolution has stood at the core of Konica Minolta’s connected office solution. It offers on-demand document processing and other cloud services, including converting digital or paper-based documents into a multitude of formats and translating them into another language. The AI-based translation update, which is available from August, relies on the technology of a proven and very innovative translation service provider, while the included conversion engine for document format recovery has been developed by Konica Minolta. Besides the high translation quality, five additional languages have been included in the service. Translation is now possible for German, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Dutch and Russian. It is part of bizhub Evolution’s value package – customers who have already subscribed to the translation service will automatically enjoy the advantages of the upgrade – without any additional costs.

In its Buyers Lab report 2018, Keypoint Intelligence awarded bizhub Evolution a gold rating and described the platform as being “unique to the market”. More than 400 clients, such as Lufthansa, have been using the cloud-based services, which are available and integratively usable over all devices, including PCs, Smartphones, Tablets and bizhub MFPs.

bizhub Evolution also attracts attention with its cost-efficiency and its flexible nature. Despite its breadth of services and tools, businesses only need to pay for what they actually use. The platform offers an affordable way to access specific features such as secure pull printing, cloud fax, document conversion and much more without needing to invest in an expensive dedicated solution.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Western Europe Smart Multifunctional Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leading smart MFP provider of note’. As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its solutions that combine ‘smart service with smart technology’, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Outstanding Serviceability 2018/2019’ from Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With almost 10,300 employees (as of April 2019), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.39 billion in financial year 2018/19.

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