HP Launches New A3 PageWide MFPs with Document Finishing, Expands Printer Security, and More

HP PageWide Managed Color MFP P77940 equipped with external document finisher.

Today at its Executive Partner Forum in Las Vegas, HP Inc. made several key announcements, including:  A3 PageWide copier/MFPs with new external document finishing; a new solution to help people with disabilities print; new security IT integration tools and partner certification programs; and the international expansion of HP Voice-Activated printing to the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

New A3 PageWide Copier/MFPs

Today HP announced it has expanded its A3 copier/MFP to now include new PageWide A3 SKUs for both transactional and contractual channels with external document finishing. With more than 600 A3 premier partners on-boarded, HP says it’s continuing to deliver affordable color printing via HP’s PageWide color-inkjet printing technology, and better device uptime via HP Smart Device Services (SDS) for proactive, remote device monitoring.

HP’s PageWide Managed Color P77440/P77940/P77950/P77960 MFPs are rated at up to 80 ppm, and may be equipped with these options: 550-sheet paper tray and stand; three 550-sheet paper trays and stand; 4,000-sheet high-capacity paper tray and stand; inline finisher with stapler; stapler/stacker; HP and third-party user authentication; wireless direct and Near Field Connectivity (NFC); and fax. For more information on HP’s existing A3 PageWide enterprise series, visit HP here.

HP also announced that, following its acquisition of Samsung’s printer business in November 2017, its Suwon, Korea, location is now officially named “HP Printing Korea.”

HP PageWide Managed Color P75250

New HP Accessibility Assistant for People with Disabilities

HP Accessibility Assistant

HP introduced its new Accessibility Assistant, which provides voice-command and screen-reader support for workers with disabilities. The HP Accessibility Assistant is built on conversational voice technology that improves the usability of HP products for people with cognitive, physical, and vision-related abilities, and will be available this spring to a wide selection of A3/A4 HP Enterprise-class devices via the latest firmware version of HP Future Smart 4. (HP introduced its first voice-command printer in February 2018 – see our story here.)

Expanded Security for “World’s Most Secure Printers”

HP also announced it’s extending its printer security with enhanced integration into existing IT security monitoring tools frequently used for PCs including, McAffee’s McAfee’s SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), and endpoint protection and management platforms such as Microsoft SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager).

HP notes that printer security is vital for any IT network infrastructure, and so has expanded its current security-management tools integration with Splunk, ArcSight, and SIEMonster to now include McAfee’s SIEM, stating that it’s the only manufacturer to offer integration of printer security compliance and event data with these management and monitoring tools.

By ensuring that printers are treated just like any other endpoint on the network and managed using the same tools for PCs, HP says its devices are “the easiest fleet to secure and manage in the industry.”

HP also announced new security sales and technical certification training that will be available for its channel partners beginning on May 1, 2018.

International Expansion of HP Voice-Activated Printing

Building on HP printer compatibility in the United States with all three major smart-speaker platforms (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana), HP Voice for printing is now expanding internationally. This month, voice-assistant support in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India will become connected to HP printers.

With voice-command printing – which is enabled via an HP printer and either an Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Microsoft Cortana smart-speaker – using voice commands, users can ask their HP printer to print a shopping list, graph paper, and more, and can also check on their printers’ consumables’ levels. Different content is available for printing on each platform (such as an Amazon shopping list or a Google calendar).

HP introduced its first voice-activated printer in February 2018 (see our story here). More information on HP Voice-Activated Printing is also available here.

(Editor’s Note: We will have more information on these HP announcements next week following an HP analysts’ meeting.)

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