Canon’s Latest uniFLOW V5.3 Provides New uniFLOW Release Station for Multi-Vendor Secure Print Release, More Scan to Cloud Destinations

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Canon’s new uniFlow Release Station connected to a non-Canon brand MFP.

Canon U.S.A. is releasing its latest version of uniFLOW, its device-management, security, and cost-accounting solution for printer and MFP fleets. The newest version, V5.3, provides device management, secure printing, including mobile print, advanced scanning, document routing, and accounting. Canon says uniFLOW V5.3 offers several new features, such as enhanced scanning to cloud-based services, and a new per-device scanning licensing model. Also new is an optional control panel and touch screen interface for non-Canon printers and MFPs that provides secure print release (see below).

The new key benefits provided by uniFLOW V5.3 include:

  • Advanced Scanning and uniFLOW Capture: uniFLOW V5.3 now enables users to scan directly from MEAP-enabled Canon imageRUNNER MFPs to an extended number of destinations, including third-party cloud-based applications, such as Box.com, Dropbox, Evernote, OneDrive, and Google Drive, as well as to document-management systems and Enterprise Content Management applications. With the addition of the uniFLOW Capture feature, small businesses can also enjoy the benefits of uniFLOW scanning via a new simplified per-device licensing model.
  • uniFLOW SmartClient: This solution helps businesses to manage printer fleets with fewer servers – as few as one – and move the process, management, and storage of print jobs from servers to a desktop or a Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs. This helps reduce print-server costs and network-print traffic, by allowing customers with a distributed multi-site infrastructure to print more securely and track costs without the need for a local print server in each office.
  • Extending the base: This new version further extends these capabilities by providing users with the option to increase security measures across their organization with a more secure printing workflow. uniFLOW v5.3 allows administrators to check the status of the device and jobs upon log-out, and in the event of a device error, such as a paper jam or empty paper tray, delete the job and notify the user, thereby eliminating the potential for incomplete jobs to be output at the time of a new user log-in. Also with uniFLOW V5.3, security and network traffic can be improved with the built-in encryption and compression of print jobs in transit. Other improvements to the core functionality of uniFLOW include improved customization of the uniFLOW Universal Driver and Secure Print queue, allowing for creation of new cost centers and IPv6 support.

New uniFLOW Release Station

Also available for uniFLOW V5.3 is the new optional uniFLOW Release Station from NTWare. The uniFLOW Release Station a device-independent control panel and touch screen with an embedded card reader that can be integrated with non-Canon printers and MFPs in order to provide secure printing across a multi-vendor print and MFP fleet – the user must swipe an ID card at the control panel in order to access and release their job for printing. The optional hardware device allows administrators to connect their print devices from different manufacturers and gives them the consistent look and feel of the Canon MEAP user interface when retrieving print jobs at any networked device. The uniFLOW Release Station will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“Improvements to uniFLOW were made to help users maximize productivity, heighten document security and provide users with the flexibility to customize the platform to meet the needs of their individual businesses,” says Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager for Canon U.S.A.’s Business Imaging Solutions Group. “uniFLOW continues to play a critical role in helping customers actively manage their print environment and costs. With new scanning capabilities and licensing, uniFLOW extends support to include document capture and workflow functions, allowing customers to more holistically manage their document related activities and processes.”

uniFLOW V5.3 is currently available through Canon authorized Dealers and Canon Solutions America. For more information on uniFLOW, visit Canon here.

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