Ever wondered about the evolution of fax and business? How they became so mutually inclusive? Well, there is definitely a certain pattern when it comes to fax and business, but in order to understand where it all started and how it all started, you need to make sure that you understand the history of the fax itself and how crucial it has been to communications as a whole. Fax machines themselves were actually not viewed as essential pieces of equipment until the late 20th century. Before that, methods of communication were the telegram and the letter. The fax machine was however invented before the telephone, by Alexander Bain. Bain wanted to send information fast, via an electronic impulse so that people could get letters much faster than via the postal service. He succeeded in inventing this machine, but it was not developed until much later.
Faxing was only proven to be useful as a good mode of communications when it was picked up by the banking sector. The first functional fax machines were used to record banking transactions. Once the telephone was fully invented and in use, fax machines were paired onto telephones as a more reliable way of sending signals across ling distances.
The importance of fax in business today
The fax machine was only made into a staple of office life in the 1970’s. The Japanese were the first to recognise its value in business and make it an essential addition to communication. The reason that the fax machine was so simple is because it could take messages that were in English and print them out in Japanese, without the Japanese having to have a machine that had all 6000 characters of their alphabet on it. As soon as this was discovered, the fax became a staple in every office as well as home.
Fax machines were also the first pieces of technology that gave rise to fast and efficient communication, as well as the ability to print out documents as well as receive them. Fax machines then came with built in photocopiers, so that people could make copies of the faxes that they received. This meant that anyone from anywhere in the world could do business with or communicate with anyone from elsewhere.
Faxes were also the first pieces of technology that made a signature authentic. Any signature that is on a fax document is considered to be truer than an electronic signature. No computer has managed to make a signature that is as authentic just yet. This is important in business dealings too.
So as you can see the fact fax machines and businesses have been working side by side for many years. Even though the technology has not been used as much lately it will always have its place.