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Konica Minolta and Pharos Systems Announce Integrated MFP Solution

7 Dec, 2010 By: Editorial Staff

Konica Minolta and Pharos Systems Announce Integrated MFP Solution

In mid-October, 2010, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. and Pharos Systems International announced a new integrated solution, which provides authentication, print/copy, accounting, print release, and printing security on Konica Minolta's line of bizhub multifunctional printers (MFPs print, copy, fax, and scan all in one system).

Pharos has earned certification as a Platinum-Level Partner in the bizhub Extended Solutions Technology program (bEST). An integral part of Konica Minolta bizhub OP (Open Platform), the bEST Partner Program enables a seamless interface between bizhub MFPs and software applications residing on a PC or server. The customized solution developed using the bEST technology includes applications for print management, cost control, and networking, all accessed directly from the bizhub MFP control panel.

The new integrated solution enables Pharos-powered authentication, accounting and secure print release on bizhub MFPs with Pharos Uniprint software for the Education market and Pharos Blueprint Enterprise software for the Corporate market. The integrated solution offerings are compatible with all color and B&W office workgroup MFPs that support the bEST technology, and all production print models that offer key counter support.

The Konica Minolta-Pharos solution ensures that only authorized people can use the bizhub MFP by requiring them to authenticate before they can print, copy, scan or fax. Authentication can be card-based (a wide variety of magnetic stripe, proximity, and smart cards are supported) or end users may enter their credentials on the MFPs touch-screen keypad. 

The Konica Minolta-Pharos partnership is delivering an integrated solution that will provide customers with enhanced levels of control and security directly at the MFP, while also reducing printing costs, said Sam Errigo, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. Our partnership gives customers another great reason to count on Konica Minolta to help them make cost-effective, intelligent print product decisions.

The Pharos Secure Release Here pull-printing application on the integrated Konica Minolta-Pharos MFP provides document security, waste reduction and convenience. Jobs are printed only when the person who submitted them is physically present at the integrated MFP, which significantly reduces the risk of documents ending up in the wrong hands or getting lost in piles of printouts. Users select only the documents they want to print using the MFPs touch-screen. They can manage print jobs as required or simply let the system automatically purge them after a time interval set by the customer. Secure Release Here enables users to walk up to any enabled MFP, no matter where its located, and release their print jobs. 

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