EFI Launches New Cloud-Based Management for Self-Serve Print Station; Expands EFI PrintMe
Electronics for Imaging (EFI), today launched Self-Serve AdminCentral, a new cloud-based management system for its M500 Self-Serve Copy and Print Station. The M500 station (right) is the industry’s only self-serve and payment system that allows printing from mobile phones, iPads, USB drives, and cloud accounts, such as Google Drive, Dropbox and EFI PrintMe, to enabled MFPs, copiers, and printers. With the Self-Serve AdminCentral, EFI says administrators can now securely configure and manage their M500 stations anytime, anywhere via a Web browser. EFI also announced that it was expanding its PrintMe mobile-printing solution (see below).
The M500 Station features a 10” color touch screen, provides secure encrypted communication, and integrates with campus card and billing systems, and is typically installed in public locations such as college campus buildings, hotels, office-supply stores, and libraries. Users select how many prints and copies they want, and then pay for them via the M500 Station.
John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing for EFI commented. “With the introduction of EFI Self-Serve AdminCentral, we are making it even easier to configure and manage the system. Cloud-based administration eliminates the cost of in-house servers and the headaches of updating software. EFI Self-Serve and Payment solutions adhere to strict payment industry standards and no payment card data is stored. And, being able to securely change pricing or tax rates at multiple locations with a few clicks online saves time and money.”
With EFI Self-Serve AdminCentral, M500 station administrators can now securely set up and manage each individual M500 station or all stations at once, online via Web browser. They can also configure devices, add services without changing the hardware, and set or adjust prices and tax rates, as well as generate detailed sales and usage reports, monitor real-time device status, and update device software online.
“With the proliferation of smart phones and other mobile devices on campus, we need to offer services that accommodate students’ expectations, including mobile printing,” commented Darrell Duvall, director of client services at Barry University. “With EFI’s M500 stations, we are able to offer self-serve mobile printing to our students using various payment methods including cash cards and credit cards. With the M500 stations installed in a number of convenient locations throughout campus, such as the library and residence halls, students and visitors alike are now able to quickly and easily print straight from their mobile devices, a USB drive or from popular cloud-based applications such as Dropbox and Google Drive.”
For more information on the M500 Self-Serve Copy and Print Station, or the EFI Self-Serve AdminCentral cloud-based management system visit EFI here.
EFI also announced a global expansion of EFI PrintMe, a secure cloud-printing solution. EFI says worldwide usage of PrintMe tripled in 2013, as mobile device users looked for ways to print. To meet the rising demand, EFI has expanded the solution to include new apps and drivers, more locations to print, and additional language support, making it even easier for mobile users to print.
PrintMe is a real-time cloud-printing solution that allows users to print anywhere to Internet-enabled printers without software, cables, or complex set-up. The solution is designed in particular for to mobile professionals, who need 24/7 access to print documents, and for print-for-pay businesses that want to increase their revenue streams, save money, and improve customer satisfaction.
PrintMe is installed in over 3,000 locations worldwide in locations such as hotels, airports, convention centers, office superstores, print-for-pay shops, etc., with millions of pages printed every year.
EFI notes that the worldwide market for mobile devices continues to grow, with industry analyst Gartner predicting nearly 2.5 billion mobile-device shipments in 2014 – 1.9 billion mobile phones and 0.6 billion desktops, laptops, ultra-mobiles, and tablets.
With EFI’s new expansion, PrintMe users have more ways to locate a public printer from an expanding list, including approximately 500 U.S. Staples stores. EFI has also expanded PrintMe’s language support to include nine languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
Other updates include:
- New iPhone/iPad and Android applications that allow mobile users to print documents, photos, and Web pages from their mobile device. They can also access and print documents stored on various popular cloud-based document-storage and sharing sites, such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Microsoft SkyDrive, SugarSync, and 4shared.
- Windows and Mac laptop and desktop users can install just one print driver in order to send documents or Web pages to PrintMe Cloud.
- To print a document, users of any mobile device can also email a document to firstname.lastname@example.org, or upload it to the PrintMe.com Web site.
- A new locator service on the mobile application uses GPS or a search function, to find the nearest PrintMe print location, which is presented on a map or in a list. The PrintMe.com Web site has a location-based search feature with both a map and a list of locations.