EFI M500 Self-Serve Print-for-Pay Station Now Available for Konica Minolta bizhubs
April 9, 2015 – Electronics for Imaging (EFI) and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. report that the EFI Self-Serve M500 Copy and Print Station is now available for Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs and single-function printers sold through KMBS’s direct and dealer channels. The EFI Self-Serve M500 Copy and Print Station provides a secure, self-serve, cash-less payment system that the firms says will help Konica Minolta customers meet the growing consumer preference for card and mobile-payment methods.
The M500 also features EFI AdminCentral, a cloud-based management system for the copy and print station, and which EFI says enables configuring and managing self-serve printing easy. With EFI AdminCentral, administrators can securely change pricing or add new products and devices at multiple locations with just a few clicks. EFI AdminCentral is one of the first applications to be validated using the Payment Card Industry’s latest Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) version 3.0.
“This is one of the fastest, easiest, and most efficient ways to make mobile printing convenient in a variety of environments, from retail establishments to educational and corporate campuses, government facilities and more,” commented Kevin Kern, senior vice president of marketing at Konica Minolta Business Solutions.
“Mobile users are increasingly demanding print capabilities from their devices and cloud accounts, and the M500 station provides an easy-to-use, self-serve electronic payment system for copy and print services,” said Micah Kornberg, vice president of self-serve products for EFI. “The EFI solution frees users from needing cash on hand and merchants from the complexity and cost of managing cash-based systems.”
Barry University Case Study
At Barry University, a private Catholic institution located in Miami Shores, Florida, administrators began evaluating the M500 as the university was going through a 400-percent increase in the number of wireless devices connected to its network. IT leaders at the university realized that their printing capabilities had to adapt. “The former printing system wasn’t enough — students were telling us they wanted to be able to print directly from their device,” according to Darrell Duvall, Barry University’s director of Client Services for Information Technology.
M500 stations installed on Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs and printers on the university’s campuses enabled students to access their files at a time of rapidly growing demand for mobile print. The M500 copy and print stations “have been much simpler to use from a management perspective,” says Duvall. “And the increased self-service capabilities of the M500 have made technical support much easier.”
KMBS and authorized KMBS resellers will begin selling the EFI 500 Copy and Print Stations in April. For more information on the EFI M500 Self-Serve Copy and Print Station, or the EFI Self-Serve AdminCentral cloud-based management system, visit EFI here.
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- August 2012: NEW EFI M500 SELF-SERVE STATION PROVIDES PRINT-FOR-PAY MOBILE AND CLOUD PRINTING