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Solutions for Better Document Security

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Looking to secure your documents but all out of ideas? Here’s a solution which will offer you great security for important information.

As a nation, we have a sort of nostalgic love for paper. Nothing quite beats the feeling of a crisp piece of paper or the smell of a new book. With all of this gushing over paper, we often lose sight of its major disadvantages like the fact that it is easily lost, stolen or damaged. For this reason, it is curious that companies still insist on storing sensitive and important information in this way.

So is there a better solution?

Of course there is!

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Scanning and digitising documents offers the opportunity to store files digitally in secure document management systems. Files can be indexed and OCR software applied, to make them easy to find when needed but, to ensure that only the relevant people can view the digital documents, they can be encrypted and password protected. Imagine someone broke into your office with files stored in hard copy in filing cabinets, folders and boxes. How long do you think it would take them to steal vital information about your clients and the company itself? My bet is, not very long. They could be away with that information before your alarms have even been triggered. On the other hand, if you store your information digitally, in encrypted files with passwords to protect them, anyone who breaks in would have a difficult time trying to steal them before someone discovers them.

Misconceptions About Digital Document Storage

With the recent news about companies such as tech giant Sony being hacked with devastating consequences, many people are skeptical about digital file storage. I recently wrote an article addressing this skepticism and looking at what we can take from the hacking news but, in short, storing files digitally still is the safest way to store files, if done correctly. So don’t use easily hacked passwords and update security systems are just a few tips we are advised to follow to ensure important information isn’t stolen. If you follow them, your documents will be safe from loss, damage and theft.


Document Scanning Services

Scanning services like us here at Pearl Scan can scan your documents to help you benefit from increased security. Our service can be tailored to suit the needs of each individual client with a wide choice of digital formats and delivery methods for you to choose from. We handle to entire process from collection and scanning to delivery of your digital documents and secure shredding and disposal of the originals. If you would like some more information about how we scan documents and the other benefits for you and your company, give us a call or check out our website.


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Survey Scanning: How Efficient Are You?

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So you're being proactive with surveying your customers. You have all of the information on paper but now the process hits a huge inefficient stumbling block. What do you do?

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Surveys are an excellent way for companies to gather the thoughts, views and demographics of their customers and potential customers. They can tell you about your customer service or let you see what services your customers would like to see among many other things. Traditionally, surveys were conducted on paper with tick boxes and comments sections and that's the way most people still see it. With the rise of the digital age though, a lot of companies ask customers to complete online surveys for easier completion and quicker data gathering. However, there are still a number of traditionalists out there who feel paper surveys filled in immediately after their experience with the company provide a greater level of accuracy.

Problems With Traditional Surveys

There is one main problem with conducting surveys on a traditional paper-based format and that is time. With the sheer volume of surveys collected by most organisations, it can take a serious amount of time, not to mentioned manpower, to collate all the relevant data before any action can be taken. The information contained in completed surveys could be very useful for any organisation but if the data is not recorded correctly (due to human error) or takes too long to reach the relevant people, that can have damaging effects on progress in the company.

So how can we keep the benefit of accuracy of opinions with paper surveys but provide a future-proofed and efficient way of collating the data?

Digitising Surveys

Survey scanning provides to perfect solution. By scanning surveys, you can have all of your data collated digitally to provide accurate and efficient readings of your surveys. This data can then be stored electronically on a USB, CD, DVD, shared network or in the cloud. You can say goodbye to having to hire extra staff to deal with the surveys and even generate revenue in the process. Let's take a closer look at the benefits digitising surveys can bring;

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  • You can free up space because once your surveys are fully digitised, you will no longer need the hard copies.
  • You will save all of the time previously wasted trying to collect the data yourself.
  • You won't need to hire extra staff as the job can be cost effectively outsourced.
  • With proper data capture technology, you will get more accurate results.
  • You can secure the information so it is not lost, stolen or damaged.

How to Scan Surveys

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer a completely bespoke survey scanning service. Our solutions are cost effective and will save you a great deal of time especially since we handle the entire process from collection of your documents to delivery of the relevant data in digital format. We can capture tick boxes, multiple choice questions and we can even manually enter handwritten text. We can deliver your data in whichever format you prefer such as CSV, XML, SPSS, Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Access and all of our services are fully accredited with recognised security certificates. If you would like some more information, take a look at our dedicated page or get in touch today for your free, no obligation quote.


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Scale Down Large Format Drawings With Document Scanning

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Some drawings, plans and maps take up a great deal of space and it can be counterproductive to try and store them in hard copy so what's the solution?

Architects, design engineers, builders and artists are just some of the wide range of people who deal with large format documents on a daily basis. One document can be said to be manageable but once they start to accumulate, which they will more often than not, it can cause a huge storage problem. Where exactly can you store a large number of large format drawings where you can find specific ones again should you need them? Well, this is where large format scanning can help...

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Large format scanning offers an effective storage solution for large documents. It involves the scanning of documents using specialist large format scanners and conversion to digital formats such as PDF, TIFF and JPEG. These digital files can also be converted into CAD (Computer Aided Design) files to enable high quality editing of your drawings on screen. Any size document right up to A0+ can be digitised and the advantage of digitising them will be the amount of space you can save. For example, perhaps you currently store your large format documents rolled up and stored in cardboard tubes. You might think this is a space saver but a large amount of those tubes can soon overrun your office or premises. Not to mention the fact that they could be damaged or lost stored like this. This is one of the main reasons we find people turning to large format scanning. Digital documents take up only virtual space and can be stored anywhere such as USB, CD, DVD, secure FTP, cloud platforms or any number of devices which makes them much more flexible to work with. We are constantly looking for ways to make our lives easier and large format scanning does just that.


As well as being a huge space saver, scanning large format documents and storing them digitally instead can also offer a number of other benefits.

  • You can save costs on storage.
  • If you currently hire a member of staff to deal with them, you can save money and generate revenue here too.
  • Digitising is also a big time saver since you can access files with a simple search.
  • You can also make corrections simply without having to create a new document.
  • You can deal with drawings etc. quickly, thus leaving time to do more.
  • With password protection and file encryption, digital documents are more secure than hard copy storage methods.
  • Digital documents are also safe from the damage or loss that paper documents are susceptible to.

Pearl Scan's Large Format Scanning Service

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer a fully bespoke yet affordable large format scanning service for companies and individuals wishing to free up space or enjoy the wide range of other benefits. We have the infrastructure to handle both small and large amounts and can offer a very quick turnaround if needed. If you would like some more information about this service or any of the other scanning services we offer, check out our website and blogs. For a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project, complete our online form by following the relevant links below. 

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Manchester: 0161 832 7991         Birmingham: 0121 285 1900

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Why choose Pearl Scan

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We are backed up by external quality and security audits. Our operations have been audited and approved by many NHS, Local Authorities, Private blue chip companies and we pride ourselves on the high levels of quality and security we provide to each and every one of our clients.

Our data capture and document scanning services offered in London are accredited to industry standards.