Getting the Most out of the Office Printer
February 12, 2019
The office printer might not be as important as it used to be. We operate in increasingly digital workplaces. But there is still a time and a place for hard copies in most offices. Perhaps they would be used more if they were secure and convenient for workers. Here at BioStore, we aim to make office printers just that.
An office printer that makes life easy
Our office printer solution makes use of a follow-me process. That’s the key way to make office printing simple and easy again. Your print job won’t start firing out of a printer that is far away from you immediately. Instead, your print job will begin when you arrive at a printer of your choice and authenticate your print.
That way you can pick up your print when it is convenient for you, at a printer that is convenient for you, maybe one you know you’re going to be passing shortly anyway. By not printing until you’re ready, the job won’t get lost in the shuffle.
This follow-me process makes use of BioStore’s identity management solution. The authentication of the printing job is done simply. You either enter a password or PIN code, or more likely, simply scan your smartcard or fingerprint. You would use the same authentication to get into the office, log-on to your computer and more. It’s a unified approach that makes working life and printing so easy.
Office printer security
The office printer of course needs to be included in your cyber security thoughts. If it’s connected to the internet, it could be a point of attack. Organisations need to consider it, but the printer can be a security risk in a more traditional way. Some documents are for certain eyes only. The switch to a follow-me process is not simply more convenient but is a lot more secure. Important documents don’t sit in the printing tray unattended. They are only printed out when the person they belong to authenticates them.
The office printer might not be the hub of the office it used to be, but it still has its place. You can bring it into the 21st century by ensuring it keeps up with security and convenience standard expected today.