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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First European Mobile Imaging Summit CONCLUDES SUCCESSFULLY

Gathered Key Industry Executives In Imaging, Information Processing And Telecom

SAN MATEO, Calif. – August 12, 2004 -- Future Image, the leading independent center of expertise on the convergence of imaging, technology, and business, and I3A (International Imaging Industry Association), the leading global association for the imaging industry, announced today the successful outcome of their first Mobile Imaging executive conference focused on the European market. 

The "Mobile Imaging Summit 2004 -- Profiting in the Camera-Phone Ecosystem - Europe” executive conference was held June 17-18 at the exclusive Huis ter Duin hotel in Noordwijk aan Zee, a seaside resort near Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  The Summit focused on business opportunities created by the explosive growth of camera-phone sales in the areas of infrastructure, devices, media and content; and on strategies for success in European markets.  The next Mobile Imaging Summit is scheduled for October 28 and 29 in Monterey (California) and will focus on business opportunities in the North American market.  For more information, visit www.gmedication.com.

Future Image and I3A wish to thank the following corporations, media organizations and industry associations for their sponsorship of the Mobile Imaging Summits 2004 – Europe and North America: Hewlett-Packard, Agfa, Nokia, Sprint, IBM, Silverwire, LightSurf, Digimarc, DO Labs, Bellamax, Alinari, Scalado, ucp morgen, SMI Group. photokina, Die Deutsche Medienakademie Köln, Informa, and Telecom.Paper Motorola, Pixel Magic.

The Mobile Imaging Summit conferences have the unique distinction of drawing decision makers from the three industries whose convergence is shaping the global camera-phone phenomenon: imaging, telecommunications, and information processing.  Attendance at the Summits is by invitation, and limited to senior executives (CEO, CTO, CMO, VP, Director and GM).  The organizers build the invitation list to ensure attendees from each of the three key industries have the opportunity to meet and engage with their counterparts in the convergent industries.

Attendees at the Amsterdam Mobile Imaging Summit unanimously rated the event as “very good” or “excellent.”  Notable comments include:

“The Summit is a unique melting pot for the new Mobile Imaging industries,” Holger May, Marketing Director, Agfa.

“We enjoyed the format, inviting the audience to contribute just as much as the panelists, and very good, well prepared moderators,” Susanna Bill, Manager Imaging Applications, Sony-Ericsson.

“Hosting by Future Image was excellent,” Hiroshi Onoda, General Manager, Pentax Europe.

“Interactive discussion, environment for open dialogue and networking make for an excellent Summit,” David Watkins, Director, Imaging, Nokia.

“The Summit venues are always conducive to informal and informative discussions with mobile imaging industry leaders,” Pierre Barbeau, General Manager, Sprint PCS.

Alexis Gerard, President of Future Image and a leading authority in the field of mobile imaging, moderated the Visionary Roundtable and contributed to several of the panel discussions.  “It was exciting to see so many high-level industry players from different industries taking this opportunity to engage in frank discussion of sometimes delicate issues, and having a genuinely enjoyable experience at our Summit,” he said.  “We have laid strong foundations in Europe for future events, and we are confident the whole industry will benefit from the dynamics and interaction created by the participants.”

Lisa Walker, President of I3A, conducted a session discussing standard setting for the Mobile Imaging industry. “If the Mobile Imaging industry is to move rapidly forward, it will need standards that all of the players can agree on,” she said. “We will continue to advance and influence the setting of mobile imaging standards at our Summit conferences. In fact, at our next Summit in Monterey, we will have a special 4-hour standards forum in advance of the main event for any attendee who wishes to participate.  I'm confident that innovative solutions to the most difficult challenges in mobile imaging will arise directly from the standards session and from Summit participation."

Mr. Gerard’s and Ms. Walker's next speaking appearances in Europe will take place during Photokina, the leading imaging event held in Köln (Germany), where Gerard will moderate the CEO Panel on September 28 and Walker will present at the International Symposium on Photofinishing and Mini-lab Technology.

Mobile Imaging Report & Future Image Report

Attendees at the Mobile Imaging Summit conferences are given free subscriptions to the MIR and EIS continuous information services from Future Image to keep them abreast of the mobile imaging industry in between conferences.  Attendees receive a one-year subscription to the Executive Information Service (EIS), designed for industry executives, entrepreneurs and investors.  It includes both a weekly and a monthly component of news and analysis of the digital imaging industry.  Attendees also receive a 6-week subscription to the Mobile Imaging Report (MIR), the latest research service designed for executives and product managers in the wireless communications, digital imaging and associated industries.  The MIR service provides a weekly collection of news stories and analysis, a database of over 3,500 archived articles, six in-depth reports each year on key issues in the industry, and private consultation with MIR's editor and lead analyst, Tony Henning.  Annual site license subscription prices range from US$3,500 to US$12,500 per year.  Details are available at the Web site www.mobileimagingreport.com or by contacting Joe Byrd via info@mobileimagingreport.com.

The conference organizers:

Since 1993, Future Image’s continuous information services, research studies and consulting services have helped companies prosper through technology transitions such as the emergence of digital image capture and the Internet.  The San Mateo (Calif.) firm is the acknowledged thought leader on the evolution and implications of mobile imaging;

The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) is the leading global imaging industry association, driving growth of and setting standards for the photographic and information imaging markets.  As the industry focal point, I3A offers a framework and environment where members can quickly find resources to solve critical issues and develop market solutions.  Members of I3A work together to find common ground for advancing the industry and to enable better products and services for their customers.  I3A has focused on promoting industry collaboration on mobile imaging since early 2001.  Information about I3A can be found on the World Wide Web at www.i3a.org or by phone at 914-698-7603.

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Press Contacts:

Future Image
520 South El Camino, Suite 206A
San Mateo CA 94402
V: +1-650.579.0493
F: +1-650.579.0566

Joe Byrd info@mobileimagingreport.com
www.gmedication.com

European Press Contact: DuoMedia

Anja D’Hondt
anja@duomedia.com 
V: +32 (2) 454 85 50
F: +32 (2) 454 85 59

 

I3A
Judith Vanderkay
Virtual, Inc.
jvanderkay@virtualmgmt.com

+1-781-876-6208

Lisa Walker
LisaW@I3A.org
WWW.I3A.ORG

 

 

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