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No. 362, November 1999

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American Companies in Japan


Determined to be a factor in the expanding market for high-resolution single-lens-reflex digital cameras for commercial applications as well as in the consumer end of the digital camera business, EASTMAN KODAK CO.'s subsidiary released the Kodak Professional DCS330. The $6,100 camera is equipped with a 3-megapixel charge-coupled device. It also incorporates a Kodak-developed indium-tin-oxide sensor for improved color accuracy, especially of blue and yellow hues. Printing, medicine and research are among the activities at which the company is targeting the DCS330.

Shopping centers have a new way of tracking the number of customers and what stores they patronize. Commercialized by Chicago's RCT SYSTEMS, INC. using video image- processing technology first developed by the U.S. Air Force to guide missiles to their targets, the system is said to be 99 percent accurate. It consists of several CCD-equipped cameras installed at various locations. The images are displayed on a PC, where an identifying mark is placed on a customer to follow his or her movements. RCT Systems' joint venture has priced a three-camera unit, including installation, at $23,600. By next April, it hopes to have orders from 16 mall operators for roughly 190 cameras.

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