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Olympus DS-5000 Professional Dictation System Enhances Workflow With Superior Reliability And Ease Of Use

File Encryption Secures Sensitive Recordings for Increased Protection

Center Valley, Pa., February 11, 2008 — Olympus, the market leader for portable digital voice recorders and professional dictation devices, introduces the DS-5000 & DS-5000iD Professional Dictation System. The new, flexible recording system, consisting of a portable dictation device, docking station and peripherals, enables doctors, lawyers and other professionals who rely on dictation to dramatically enhance their workflow.

The DS-5000 incorporates many unique and innovative features, including:
  • Improved ease of use with a single, durable slide switch control and centralized navigation buttons;
  • More flexibility with support for dual memory cards, SD/SDHC and microSD;
  • Enhanced sound fidelity with DSS Pro’s Quality Play (QP) mode; and
  • Improved security with file encryption and device password protection.
  • The DS-5000 was developed with feedback from professional users to improve their workflow,” said Andrew Flagg, director of sales and marketing, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Simple, reliable, flexible and secure are the four hallmarks of these devices. Additionally, those whose work involves confidential and sensitive information will appreciate the DS-5000’s file encryption and password protection. For even more security, the new DS-5000iD features a biometric fingerprint sensor.”

    Voice Productivity Starts Here
    The DS-5000’s intuitive controls and single slide switch simplify operation. The device has a large, backlit, easy-to-read LCD screen that reveals file information, recording time and events on the front of the recorder. Centralized navigation buttons enable easy data input and changes of settings. Users new to digital dictation as well as those on the leading edge will appreciate the DS-5000’s sophisticated feature set that can be customized to provide a seamless dictation solution suitable to their work environment. It is built to meet the needs of an active professional with an extremely durable slide switch mechanism and robust buttons, USB connector and battery door. Power conservation is also central to the DS-5000’s intelligent design, and it can record for up to 28 hours from its rechargeable battery.

    Versatility
    The DS-5000 accepts SD/SDHC and microSD memory cards, providing users with media versatility. Three programmable buttons speedup reaction time. With no extraneous buttons, the DS-5000 allows users to program the functions they use the most onto three buttons for quick and effortless use.

    Enhanced Usability
    The included user-friendly DSS Player Pro Release 5 software facilitates the archiving, editing and further processing of recordings. USB 2.0 High-Speed delivers fast downloads and uploads of files to and from the DS-5000. The verbal comment function allows users to record comments in dictation so a transcriptionist can better translate the authors’ directives or thoughts into their workflow.

    Sound Quality
    The DS-5000 features the DSS-Pro Digital Speech Standard with a new QP mode for improved sound quality. This mode records at a sampling rate of 16kHz with a compression rate of 28.0kbps and up to 32 index marks per file. In playback, the Smooth Cue/Review function makes it easier to hear words.

    Security
    Protecting the confidentiality and security of recordings is essential in the workplace. For this reason, the DS-5000 offers file encryption and device password protection. In addition to these features, the DS-5000iD model also features a biometric fingerprint reader to secure the device from unauthorized access, thereby protecting confidential recordings.

    Barcode Scanner for Enhanced Workflow
    The optional SC1 Barcode Scanner Module for the DS-5000, which plugs into the audio device’s SD card slot, further enhances workflow for users who require a barcode scanner. The SC1 Barcode Scanner Module will be available this summer.

    LCD with Multiple Language Support
    The user can customize the language displayed on the LCD (English, French or Spanish).

    USB Cradle
    A new USB cradle enables users to easily dock and undock the device with one hand. While docked, the device is able to download and upload files and charge the included Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack. Hands-free recordings can be conveniently created when using an optional RS-27 foot switch in combination with the cradle.

    Accessories
    The DS-5000 ships with a DSS Player Pro R5 Dictation Module CD-ROM, 512MB microSD Card, USB cradle, USB cable, carrying case, rechargeable battery pack, AC adapter, instruction manual and Olympus warranty card.

    The new AS-5000 PC transcription kit replaces the current AS-4000. The AS-5000 PC transcription kit includes the DSS Player Pro R5 Transcription Module, the RS27 Foot Switch and the new E62 Stereo Headset, which is more durable and static-free than its predecessors.

    Pricing and Availability
    The DS-5000 Professional Dictation System has an estimated street price of $499.99 (U.S.). The DS-5000iD Professional Dictation System, which provides a biometric fingerprint sensor, has an estimated street price of $599.99 (U.S.). Both systems will be available in April 2008.

    Review units and high-resolution images of the DS-5000 are available from Mullen Public Relations. Contact Jeff Hluchyj, (978) 468-8939 or jeff.hluchyj@mullen.com. For more information contact Jennifer Lyons, public relations manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc., 484-896-5350, jennifer.lyons@olympus.com, Olympus Imaging America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034, or the Olympus Web site: http://www.olympusamerica.com.

    ABOUT OLYMPUS IMAGING AMERICA INC.
    Olympus Imaging America Inc. is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.

    Olympus Imaging America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and its ultimate parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhances peoples’ lives every day. These include:

  • Digital and Film Cameras as well as related Underwater Products and Accessories
  • Professional Digital SLR Imaging Systems as well as related Underwater Products and Accessories
  • Digital and Microcassette Recorders
  • Digital Media
  • Binoculars
  • Olympus Imaging America Inc. is responsible for sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. For more information, visit: www.olympusamerica.com.

    Mullen Public Relations
    Jeff Hluchyj
    (978) 468-8939
    jeff.hluchyj@mullen.com