This Week in Imaging: HP’s ‘Most Secure’ A4 Printers and MFPs; eCopy ShareScan Security; More

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This week, HP Inc. refreshed its high-end A4 lineup with a host of (17) new A4 color and monochrome MFPs and printers with enterprise-level feature sets, security, and more.

It’s been no secret that HP has been big on security – even before its big security push back in September 2015 – along with its more recent push into the dealer channel. Meanwhile rival Xerox is seeking to “expand its U.S. print-focused partners by 25 percent as it seeks to penetrate the small to midsized (SMB) market” by persuading dealers who represent multiple brands to switch to Xerox, according to CRN.

HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 Series

Both HP and Xerox consider to stress security. It goes without saying that preventing hacking and ransomware attacks are now more than ever at the forefront in the digital world. Both companies, for instance, have implemented whitelisting in their enterprise-level devices; with whitelisting, only known “good” firmware can be downloaded to the device – a far more stringent step than just trying to identify malware (blacklisting). Both also offer network user authentication, IP filtering, and hard-drive encryption.

HP’s devices also have the rather fascinating ability to “self-heal.” That is, if they detect a breach, they will re-boot with a clean version of software.

Speaking of security, Nuance Communications introduced version 6.0 of its “venerable” eCopy ShareScan, with enhanced security. For instance, administrators can configure sets of rules for flagging certain triggers in scanned documents, such as various formats for specifying bank-account numbers (specified patterns of digits and spaces, as shown below).

Administrators are automatically notified via email when such triggers are detected. eCopy ShareScan can’t yet stop scanned documents containing confidential data being actually emailed, but a company person seemed to indicate that such a capability might be forthcoming down the road.

Meanwhile, news from one of our favorite companies was expected: Citing the continuing strong yen and a decline of office printing, OKI reported a challenging fiscal year. This is the second OEM that’s cited a decline in office printing (Ricoh was the other). Both have been aggressively seeking to diversify, with OKI marketing innovative new technology such as its five-color single-pass printing, neon and white toner printing, label-printing solutions, and textile transfer-printing that should appeal to niche markets such as storefront and kiosk commercial printers. OKI also recently picked up Seiko I Infotech’s wide-format color printer business. But at this point, lower office-printing volumes, as well as the stronger yen and uncertain economic conditions at home and abroad, are still making it difficult going for many Japanese vendors.

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Office-Imaging News

New HP LaserJet Enterprise 600 Series ‘Highest-End A4s’ with Highest Level of Security, FutureSmart 4, More – Read more here.

IDC: Western Europe Printer/MFP Market Starts with Weak Results, Though Better Than 2016 – Read more here.

Canon uniFLOW Secure Public Print Now Available for Konica Minolta MFPs – Read more here.

Next-Generation Nuance eCopy ShareScan V 6.0 Boasts New Security, Productivity Features – Read more here.

Financial News

Difficult Fiscal Year for OKI, Cites Decline in Office Printing, Strong Yen – Read more here.

Toshiba Reports $8.4 Billion Loss for Fiscal Year – Read more here.

3D-Printing News

NovaCopy to Market HP’s 3D-Printing Solutions – Read more here.

Acquisitions

Xerox’s Global Imaging Acquires Major Ricoh Dealer MT Business Technologies – Read more here.

Marco Expands with Dakota Business Center’s Sales and Service – Read more here.

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