Kodak and Lockheed Martin Partner to Advance Imaging Technology for Government and Commercial Applications
ROCHESTER, NY, and GAITHERSBURG, MD, 03/14/2001 -- With an eye toward promoting the use of imaging technology in government modernization projects, the Document Imaging division of Eastman Kodak Company and Lockheed Martin Mission Systems today announced a strategic partnership. The collaboration is focused on expanding the use of digital preservation technologies within government and commercial information management projects. This partnership combines Kodak's capture and digital preservation expertise with Lockheed Martin's experience integrating massive information systems for customers such as the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Air Force Space Command, and the U.S. Bureau of Census, said Candy Obourn, president, Document Imaging division, Eastman Kodak Company.
Vital government records need to be managed in a manner to assure future generations that the information represents fact, Obourn added. When records are captured and stored, the technology used must guarantee that these facts remain unaltered and accessible for generations - that is, free of glitches associated with migration from one system to another. Based on analog media, Kodak's systems guarantee access in a human readable form, provide irrefutability of the captured 'facts', and are not subject to technology obsolescence.
Federal agencies face a growing and important need to take unalterable snapshots of digital information that must be retained because of legal or other requirements, said Terry Drabant, the president of Lockheed Martin Mission Systems. Our partnership with Kodak merges our skills to help customers more effectively develop and implement efficient and powerful archival systems. The combination of our technologies opens up better alternatives for the capture and retention of critical data in the federal market.
The two companies will develop and market complete digital preservation systems capable of safely storing and retrieving digital or paper-based records utilizing analog media. The systems feature front-end Kodak hardware and systems developed and integrated by Lockheed Martin. In addition, Kodak and Lockheed Martin will focus on joint business development activities, including the design of Internet portals offering technical information to government decision-makers.
The partners first worked together during the 2000 U.S. Census, a project that Lockheed Martin Mission Systems supported through development and integration of the Data Capture System 2000 which included Kodak scanners to help capture information on 1.5 billion pages of census forms. Population data was captured and processed as quickly and accurately as any Census in history, thanks in part to use of the DCS 2000 System.
Kodak's contributions on the Census 2000 project were among the reasons we were able to achieve such a high level of performance, noted Drabant. We look forward to benefiting from Kodak's many service capabilities - including training, systems engineering, help desk support, third party maintenance, and client server support - as we work with agency customers on joint projects.
About Lockheed Martin Mission Systems
A leader in mission critical systems integration and information operations, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems serves U.S. and international defense and civil government agencies. Mission Systems employs about 2,600 people at major facilities in Gaithersburg, Md., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Santa Maria, Calif., and is a business unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation.
About Eastman Kodak Company
The businesses of Kodak serve a wide range of consumer, professional, entertainment, commercial and health imaging needs. Through its Document Imaging division, Kodak is the number one worldwide supplier of high-speed production document scanners, as well as media and micrographics products and services. It offers a variety of capture components and media for imaging and document management applications that require digital, integrated, or micrographics imaging solutions. More information is available by calling Kodak's Document Imaging division at 1-800-243-8811 (U.S. and Canada), by contacting an authorized representative of Kodak products, or online at http://www.kodak.com/go/docimaging.