IMAGE RETRIEVAL HISTORY
IImage Retrieval, Inc. (DBA, Image Retrieval) was founded in 1990 by Derek Jenkins and Greg English. With offices in Dallas, Texas Image Retrieval aligned itself with SunRise Imaging, a microfilm scanner manufacturer, and participated in the development of new scanners. SunRise quickly became the leader in the film scanning industry with Image Retrieval as its largest and most experienced reseller and repair facility.
In 1995, Image Retrieval opened an office in London, England which provides the same services as the US office. In 2001, driven by customer requests, Derek expanded the company's product line to include book scanners produced by i2s. These lines of high resolution, color or monochrome, planetary scanners expanded Image Retrieval's existing film scanning capabilities. In particular, the DigiBook SupraScan line of high resolution scanners were initially designed for the archival industry but their flexible design easily allowed them to scan large flat materials such as maps, drawings, and newspapers in addition to archival projects.
In 2002, Derek and Greg founded a new company, nextScan, with the purpose of designing and developing the next generation of more technologically advanced microfilm scanners. When the new nextScan Eclipse scanner hit the market, it outperformed all other scanners in speed, quality, and ease of use. It proved to be years ahead of all other microfilm scanners available on the market. Today, nextScan is still a leader in microfilm scanning.
From the company office in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, Image Retrieval has grown from a small service bureau and software development company to the premier reseller of book, map, and microfilm scanner equipment in the US. Providing sales, installation, training, and service for i2s and nextScan product lines as well as providing scanning services for microfilm, fiche, aperture cards, books, and rare materials, Image Retrieval is a world wide leader in microform scanning and cultural heritage digitization.