Many people think faxing’s heyday has been and gone, but in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Even as digitization evolves, the ability to send and receive a facsimile (to give the fax its full name) is still essential.
Indeed, those who assume that the technological advancements of the last decade have made faxing obsolete are off the mark. For many enterprises, sending and receiving faxes is still an essential part of the way they work.
Why is this the case? Well, for a start, there an estimated over one-hundred million fax devices currently in use globally. Many businesses and industries recognize the fact that faxing – in many instances – represents the most secure way to send and receive legal and financial documents, medical records and other sensitive materials.
Playing a Vital Role in the World of Sport
Many people forget that cybercrime is a strictly Internet-based phenomenon. Faxing is most often done though telephone lines, however, which are almost impossible to hack. And nowhere is this more valued than in the big-money world of professional football, where potential security compromises could lead to serious financial issues.
That said, the technology’s high security levels are not the only reason why the world’s leading football clubs use fax. Hand-written documents still carry more legal weight than e-signature solutions in courts all over the world. So, as part of player transfers, the EPL and other lucrative football leagues officially communicate by fax.
Stefan Szymanski, professor of Sport Management at the University of Michigan, in 2015 told The Independent, “The legal profession as a whole has been very reluctant to go down the route of e-documentation as a way of doing business. As a result, written documents with hand-written signatures are still vital.”
Catering to App Fax Demand
And even in the digital sphere, faxing has found ways to adapt. In fact, a large number of tech-savvy companies use tailored applications to incorporate fax solutions.
OrderSnapp, a restaurant-ordering service, said in October last year that somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of its catering clients prefer to have web- and app-sent orders delivered by fax.
For restaurateurs, many of whom are used to dealing with written or printed orders in the kitchen, fax machines are a great fit for web and app orders. Many find that they offer a more comfortable, easy-to-understand way to deal with orders placed online or via mobile phone applications.
Why Lawyers Love to Fax
Fax’s open and clear traceability makes sending and receiving documents especially attractive for legal experts. Outgoing faxes generate notifications that are delivered to the sender regarding the status of the fax delivery. A successful notification is only generated when the receiving device signals that there was no error and the document was successfully transmitted.
This fact offers senders legal proof that their documents was sent and received, something that can be of great use in a range of industries.
Fax systems integrated into multifunction printers (MFPs), like Samsung’s MultiXpress series, combine high security for document transfer, coupled with the latest in enterprise technology.
Samsung’s recently agreed partnership with Biscom, the leader in secure enterprise document delivery for regulated industries, has resulted in the development of a secure fax app for Samsung UX multifunction printers. Indeed, Biscom and Samsung’s faxing solutions comply with stringent standards, such as HIPAA, COPPA and SOX.
“Working with Biscom, we can now offer enterprise-level fax capabilities to all our MFP customers,” said David SW Song, Senior Vice President of Printing Solutions Business at Samsung Electronics.
“Samsung offers a very intelligent approach to MFPs that allows for quick innovation,” said Charles Magliato, Biscom’s Vice President of Channel Development. “Biscom’s enterprise fax technology together with Samsung’s advanced UX platform will give customers the most secure fax solution available, now with increased simplicity, convenience, and visibility.”
The Future of the Fax
By incorporating Samsung Printing Solutions’ UX MFPs with the Biscom app, MFP customers can experience cost-savings benefits by eliminating the need for a dedicated fax phone line and MFP fax boards. The solution can be deployed with on-premise fax servers, cloud-based fax services or hybrid fax solutions.
Security, dependability and legal accountability are just three of the reasons why faxing is still a key part of how much of the world does business. And with so many ways to incorporate it into the way you do business, faxing is still as convenient in 2016 as it ever was.