Electronics for Imaging Debuts PrintMe Networks22 Oct, 2001
Electronics for Imaging Debuts PrintMe Networks
Electronics For Imaging debuted PrintMe Networks(TM), the first complete Internet printing solution that enables remote printing without requiring print drivers, cables or complex setup. The company also announced, along with eight industry leaders, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, Xerox and Yahoo!, plans to provide the technologies and channels to make this new technology widely available.
Based on breakthrough technology developed by EFI, the world leader in software and hardware imaging solutions for networked printers, PrintMe Networks changes the way mobile professionals conduct business by solving their most vexing problem -- printing while away from the office. PrintMe enables users to print documents from their personal computers, personal digital assistant (PDA) devices, two-way pagers and even cell phones by simply ``dialing'' in to any printer on the PrintMe Network.
``PrintMe Networks is a giant leap forward for Internet and wireless printing,'' said Guy Gecht, chief executive officer at EFI. ``EFI's breadth of industry relationships and depth of printing technology expertise have enabled us to develop this revolutionary technology. PrintMe takes the hassle out of printing by allowing people to print anytime, anywhere from any device to any printer.''
This solution brings the Network Publishing vision to the millions of Adobe PDF users around the world. ''Xerox was the first company in the industry to embrace EFI's color controller technology on our award-winning DocuColor products,'' said Gil Hatch, president of Xerox Office Systems Group. ``We view the PrintMe initiative as an opportunity for Xerox and EFI to engage in a new effort to support workers by providing mobile printing capabilities via mDoc and our office and production line of printers.''
The PrintMe Network concept has been embraced by leaders in the printing, publishing, Internet, wireless and travel markets who recognize the need to make printing easier and more convenient. Ultimately, with PrintMe Networks available in hotels, airport lounges, print shops, and corporate offices, people will be able to print documents whenever and wherever they want. The following leaders are participating in launch projects of PrintMe, with widespread implementation planned in 2002:
· Adobe Systems Incorporated: Adobe builds award-winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web, ePaper, print, video, wireless and broadband applications. Adobe plans to include the PrintMe option in Adobe Acrobat®, and Adobe Studio(TM), allowing users easy access to the PrintMe Network to print out their files.
· Xerox Corporation: Xerox Corporation is a leading provider of color and monochrome digital printers and presses, copiers and related document processing solutions. Xerox plans to incorporate PrintMe services into their mDoc wireless server software, and office and production printers.
· Yahoo! Yahoo!Everywhere extends Yahoo! services beyond the desktop by providing a virtual office or ``briefcase'' for storing and editing documents. The Yahoo!Everywhere pilot incorporates the PrintMe button so that mobile users can now have a complete mobile document service, including printing.
· Sir Speedy: Sir Speedy is one of the world's largest and most successful printing, copying and document management franchises with nearly 700 locations nationwide. In its PrintMe Networks pilot program, the company plans to install PrintMe printers in four locations in Dallas, Texas, to offer business customers another quick and simple printing option.
· STSN: STSN is a leading global provider of high-speed Internet access and broadband services to hotels. STSN has the largest installed base of hotels in the United States and Europe with more than 127,000 hotel guest rooms served in nine countries. STSN plans to pilot test PrintMe Networks to enhance printing service from hotel guest rooms and meeting rooms and to allow remote printing directly to in-hotel printers.
· The Troy Group: The Troy Group, a leading supplier of MICR printers for checks and other negotiable instruments, is testing PrintMe technology to provide ``checks on demand.''
· Itrezzo: Itrezzo develops value-added software for corporate customers that allow access to documents via wireless handheld devices. Itrezzo now incorporates PrintMe to enable printing from the BlackBerry(TM) handheld. · The Printing House: Canada's largest, privately-owned print for pay corporation with 60 sites, plans to offer PrintMe services in three locations in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Toronto, including a center in the largest business complex in Toronto.
For more information on partner support for EFI's PrintMe Networks, please see additional press materials at www.printme.com.
The Mobile Printing Market
For 2001, CAP Ventures, a printing industry research company, estimates that North American businesses and consumers will send and receive 104 billion fax pages, and forecasts the totals will reach 141 billion in North America by 2003, demonstrating the potential demand for mobile printing.
In a recent EFI-commissioned survey of mobile professionals, the number one inconvenience they reported while traveling was printing.(1) When travelling to meet with clients, partners and prospects, a consistent frustration is the inefficiency and workarounds needed to find and use a printer on location. With PrintMe Networks, business travelers no longer need to make elaborate back-up plans to support document printing.
PrintMe Networks solves remote printing problems by providing a full spectrum of printing options without requiring printer cables or system set up. Some of the printing features include:
· ``Parking'' sensitive documents on PrintMe Networks until the user is ready to retrieve the documents at the printer · Driverless printing eliminates the need to pre-configure a printer to use it · Email to printer capabilities · Wireless web printing · Universal driver printing · Accessing corporate documents behind the company firewall without compromising security
How PrintMe Networks Enables Flexible, Secure Mobile Printing
Using PrintMe Networks, users can assign a Document ID(TM) (DocID(TM)) to each print job. This DocID is then used to retrieve the document later at any PrintMe Networks-enabled printer. To ensure security and control over sensitive documents, users can also assign expiration time and control the number of permitted copies.
PrintMe is designed to work with any mobile device. Users can initiate and manage their print jobs by email, by phone, via PDA and at any PrintMe Networks station. PrintMe Networks allows users to print from any application to the PrintMe Networks server and either ``park'' the print job for future retrieval or direct it immediately to a selected printer on the network or to any fax number. If Internet access is unavailable, users can even call the PrintMe Networks toll-free number using a touch-tone phone and manage their print jobs using simple voice prompts. WAP, SMS and I-Mode cell phone users can also access print jobs and print Internet pages rather than trying to read those pages on small phone screens.
PrintMe Networks solves one of the key frustrations of reading email on the road -- the inability to open or fully view email attachments. Attachments can be forwarded to printers in the PrintMe network and be printed full size for easy reading.
PrintMe Networks launch programs are currently underway with wider expansion planned for 2002 in major business hotels, business centers, and print-for-pay shops. Some of the key launch locations planning to offer PrintMe services include Sir Speedy print centers in Dallas, Texas, and The Printer House print shops in three cities in Canada, as well as a number of individual locations. EFI is qualified to deliver on the promise of mobile, hassle-free Internet printing. EFI's proprietary controller technology currently supports printers and copiers from almost every manufacturer. EFI's leading Fiery® technology transforms standard digital color copiers into networked color printers for professional quality images. Nearly one million EFI print controllers are installed in printers in leading corporations, advertising agencies, graphic design studios and print-for-pay businesses around the world.
EFI will host a live webcast for investors and other interested parties to discuss the strategy surrounding the launch of the PrintMe product. The webcast can be found on the investor relations portion of the website at http://www.efi.com.