Remember when digital scanners were the latest and greatest? Well, maybe they still are. State Tech magazine brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “How Digital Scanners Enabled a New Era of Document Management.”

State and local governments have a lot in common. They collect and store a massive amount of records. Between these two agencies, they collect and store everything from tax records to licenses, registrations, certificates and other documents from residents, as well as the agencies’ own documents.

That used to be quite the paper storage. In the mid-70’s, things changed. With the advent of the digital scanner, state and local governments have had the ability to digitize such records. Between 2006 and 2016, the number of state and territorial electronic records skyrocketed by 1,693 percent. During that time, the report noted, there was also a 445 percent growth in electronic versus paper records in state and territorial archives. That would not be possible without the digital scanner and digital storage systems.

Melody K. Smith

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