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Image Retrieval History

Image Retrieval, Inc. (IIRI) was founded in 1990 by CEO and President, Derek Jenkins and VP, Greg English, in Dallas, Texas. Early on, IIRI 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 IImage Retrieval as its largest and most experienced reseller and repair facility worldwide.

In 1995, IIRI opened an office in London, England which provides the same services as the US office, including microfilm, rare book and special collections scanning. In 2001, driven by customer requests, Derek expanded IImage Retrieval Inc.’s product line to include the rare book scanners produced by i2s including the DigiBook and eScan lines. These lines of high resolution, color or monochrome, planetary scanners expanded the film scanning capabilities IIRI currently had. In particular, the DigiBook 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 a new generations of more technologically advanced microfilm scanners. When the new nextScan microfilm scanners hit the market, they quickly outperformed any other scanner, proving themselves to be years ahead of the competition. Today, nextScan is still a leader in microfilm scanning.​

From the company office in a northern suburb of Dallas, TX, IImage Retrieval has grown from a small service bureau and software development company to the premier reseller of  book, archival and microfilm scanner equipment in the US. Providing sales, installation, training, service and parts distribution for i2s and nextScan product lines as well custom software development for the imaging industry, IImage Retrieval is one of the premiere scanning companies world wide.

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