HP Rolls out First Enterprise LaserJet Touch-to-Authenticate and Print Solution, New Enterprise LaserJets

On March 17th, Hewlett-Packard announced the launch of the first touch-to-authenticate solution for enterprise customers, enabling end-users to authenticate themselves with by simply touching their NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet to an enabled HP Enterprise LaserJet printer or MFP.

NFC (near-field communications) technology is a set of standards for smartphones and similar mobile devices to quickly establish a Bluetooth communication channel with each other by touching them together, or bringing them into close proximity.

One benefit of NFC authentication, NFC printing, and Wi-Fi direct printing is that users don’t log into the the local network, which can be a security risk. However, even though Wi-Fi direct printing is trackable via the device’s local print log, the user and device are not accountable. On the other hand, a key benefit of NFC is that its communications protocols include a modicum of secure metadata that enables user and device authentication, as opposed to traditional methods of authentications such as entering credentials at the touch screen of an MFP or printer, or by swiping a plastic ID card. Instead, the user just has to touch their mobile device to the MFP or printer.

HP also announced updates to HP Access Control and HP ePrint Enterprise:

  • HP Access Control 14.0 allows enterprises to authenticate user login information by the user touching an NFC-enabled Android smartphone directly to the printer via NFC touch-to-authenticate technology. As noted, users have an easier login process, and, since it’s one-to-one communication, both devices are secured. There’s also no need for a card-reader system.
  • Updates to HP ePrint Enterprise 3.2 provide enhanced connectivity and security features for environments using mobile-device management solutions. HP ePrint Enterprise is now fully integrated with MobileIron’s AppConnect ecosystem, an enterprise-mobility management (EMM) platform that helps mobile users print content securely. HP also says the application now also offers market-leading productivity enhancements based on the new touch-to-authenticate features.

New LaserJets

HP also announced several new enterprise-level LaserJets: the Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680 series, and Color LaserJet Enterprise M651 series, which provide NFC touch-to-authenticate capabilities, as well as NFC touch-to-print, and wireless-direct mobile-printing options.

Color LJ MFP 680

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680

The new HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680 series is rated at up to 45 ppm, and provide advanced paper capacity as well as document-finishing options. The MFPs incorporates print, copy, scan, and fax, and an 8″ color touch screen, and support HP FutureSmart 3.0 firmware, HP Open Extensibility Platform, HP Universal Print Driver, and HP Web Jetadmin. Configurations include:

  • For customers with high-volume document workflows, the M680 series includes the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680z, which comes standard with a 900-sheet paper tray, three-bin document-stapling mailbox, and integrated keyboard.
  • The Color LaserJet Enterprise Flow MFP M680, which features single-pass two-sided scanning, and access to cloud-based document storage and sharing, and advanced sending and sharing options. The MFP also supports HP’s EveryPage technology, a series of document-scanning features designed for maximum document-scanning reliability – see here for more.

Color LJ M651

The Color LaserJet Enterprise M651 series (above) are single-function printer configurations also rated at up to 45 ppm, and provide wireless-printing from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices via wireless-direct connection, and also support HP ePrint  and HP AirPrint mobile printing,. Paper capacity can be expanded to up to 3,100 pages and there’s also a 4.3″ color touch screen.

More information on HP’s imaging and printing solutions is available here.

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