Phase One® was founded in 1993 by a Danish inventor, who was, at that time, manufacturer of drum scanners for the pre-press industry. To him it was obvious that the ultimate method of digitizing an image would be to capture it directly by means of a camera and thereby completely eliminate the use of film. Phase One equipment is not limited to commercial photographic studios. There have been various Phase One direct digital imaging systems installed in hospitals and museums. Furthermore, Phase One equipment has even been used for scientific expeditions - from the tropical climate of Northern Territories in Australia to the arctic climate of Antarctica.