Sharps Adds Drivve User Authentication for Sharp OSA MFPs

Sharp MFPs incorporating the company’s OSA open-development platform now support Drivve Single Sign On (SSO) device authentication. With Drivve SSO device authentication, users need only authenticate once when using any third-party application such as Sepialine, Equitrac, or PaperCut, as well as Drivve’s own device authentication application, Drivve | Print.

Drivve | Image provides two types of user authentication:

Device-Level Authentication

Device-level authentication locks down the entire MFP. In order to use the MFP, users must first authenticate themselves, for example, by using a swipe card or entering a login ID.  Once the login procedure succeeds, the user can then use the MFP. Drivve | Image can also automatically load the user’s login ID and use it for its program logic, for instance, to display personalized scan profiles that are only available to the individual user.

Application-Level Authentication

The application-level authentication only locks down certain MFP functions, so that the user might have access only to certain functions, such as making copies.  As soon as the user accesses one of the secured applications, they are prompted to authenticate themselves.

With application-level authentication, Drivve | Image uses its internal mechanism of authentication. If the user selects the Drivve | Image application button on the MFP’s control panel, Drivve | Image can be configured to require authentication.  In this case, Drivve | Image does not retrieve the login ID from the device but from the Drivve | Image log-on screen.

Noted Vince Jannelli, director of product management applications at Sharp, “By leveraging Single Sign On capability, accessible via Sharp OSA technology, Drivve helps streamline the process of authentication at the MFP.  Now there is no need to log in to each individual application required for a customer’s document process. We’re very pleased that Drivve can provide this time-saving functionality to our mutual customers”

Peter Turnbull, EVP for sales and marketing at Drivve, LLC noted, “Drivve was one of the first software developers to develop an embedded application for Sharp MFPs using Sharp OSA technology, and we continue to help Sharp’s customers realize maximum productivity and cost savings from their investment in Sharp equipment.”

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