I've had an absolute nightmare trying to research a problem to what I think should be a relatively straight forward solution. I hope someone can help me.
My goal is the following:
I have an installation of Alfresco which I can access by web browser, IMAP and webDAV. I would like to install a scanner with a client of mine. I would like any documents they scan to automatically make its way to the alfresco installation. I have identified 2 possible solutions that would work.
1) Scan directly to the WebDAV address (http://alfrescoserver.ip:8080/alfresco/webdav/
2) Send an e-mail automatically to an e-mail address from which I can use rules and IMAP to automatically transfer the document to the correct document library depending on the e-mail address it was sent from. Importantly I don't want any user intervention other than pressing the scan button. Ie, all configuration needs to be done at the setup stage.
My problem is that I cannot find a concise answer/example of this being done by surfing the web or looking at scanner marketing brochures.
Factors to consider:
1) Price - I know you get enterprise networked copier / scanners which e-mails, but I am looking for a low cost (<£300) scanner (not multi purpose) which has a small footprint.
2) The scanner will probably not be networked, so will simply be connected to an office computer. Due to the nature of our clients the operating system will probably vary between XP, Vista and Windows 7.
3) We don't need any fancy OCR or indexing, I simply want to digitise and move the document into alfresco at the push of one or two buttons. If there are a simpler way of doing this that I am missing, please advise!!
I have looked at the Epson GT-1500 scanner as an option. It seems to provide all the standard drivers (TWAIN) etc and comes with a document feeder which is handy.
I have also looked at Windown Fax and Scan to possibly automate sending the e-mail but I am unsure if that would work.
If anyone has come across this before, or can point me in the right direction (both software and hardware) I would really appreciate it!!