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PrintFleet Launches New Tools to Revolutionize Meter Read Collection and Cost per Print Programs

24 Jan, 2007

PrintFleet Launches New Tools to Revolutionize Meter Read Collection and Cost per Print Programs

Ontario, Canada – PrintFleet Inc., a world leader in print management and assessment software, recently announced the addition of two new software modules into their remote print management software programs PrintFleet Optimizer Plus and PrintFleet Enterprise.

The Cost per Impression (CPI) Calculator and Meter Export Module are two new progressive feature releases, carefully developed through understanding the need for ‘true automation’ in the meter read collection process and Cost per Print program execution.

Through current remote print management programs, PrintFleet software allows dealers to collect various device and diagnostic data, such as multiple meter reads, from hundreds of client networks. The new Meter Export module will then export collected reads from each of the dealers client sites into one of several systems supporting meter read billing; including Digital Gateway’s e-Automate, OMD Corporation’s Vision, La Crosse Management Systems’ Nextgen and others. The meter export is automatically sent on a pre-determined basis (daily, weekly, monthly) from each customer site into the corresponding billing system. Exports can be configured to submit readings on specific devices the dealer has under contract or those of the entire fleet.

“The addition of PrintFleet’s meter export module into their remote monitoring software systems, takes meter read collection to an entirely new level”, stated Nick Von Ahsen,Director, Office Equipment Group Technology Solutions for GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation; one of the industry’s leading leasing firms and distribution partner for PrintFleet. “Using our branded version of the PrintFleet software, FleetView, we can now offer dealers the ability to remotely collect multiple meters from their client sites and automatically export those reads into their back-office billing system. This is a tremendous competitive advantage which removes any burden from the client and truly automates the entire meter read collection process for the reseller.”

The Cost per Impression Calculator allows dealers to calculate per-page charges for their clients, by taking into account one or more components including toner, other supplies, equipment, service, and profit margin. Calculations are based on a combination of actual page coverage and volume count data collected from each client site the dealer is monitoring and by leveraging data from over 2,000 device models within the PrintFleet database model library. Calculations allow for separate values to be assigned to both laser and copier devices and can be changed at any time, based on month to month usage trends at the client site.

Once established, these costs can be exported as an Excel file to desired recipients, or uploaded into the existing Cost per Print reporting and tracking mechanism within the PrintFleet remote print management systems.

“The release of these two new modules into our Optimizer Plus and Enterprise software systems is an important accomplishment for PrintFleet which will greatly benefit both the BTA and printing supply and service channels”, stated Norman McConkey, President of PrintFleet Inc. “An automated Cost per Impression calculation module fills a void for dealers who are struggling to establish charges on both B&W and color printing devices, and not sacrifice margin. By basing calculations on actual machine usage data, supplies and service costs at each unique client site, the Calculator determines costs without the time, frustration and guess work associated with traditional CPP assignment” McConkey said.

“While there are some useful tools available today to help dealers collect meter reads, they all involve some additional manual work to get them into the dealers back end accounting systems. The more manual a process, the more prone to error it is. PrintFleet worked closely with the industry’s leading back office billing systems to provide a level of meter read collection and billing yet to be seen in our industry: 100% remote and automatic. Once an end user is set up on the billing export system, meter reads are automatically entered into the dealers accounting system.”

Demonstrations of the Cost per Impression Calculator and Meter Export module are available directly from PrintFleet or through an authorized distribution partner such as: GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation, SYNNEX Corporation, Polek & Polek, Printer Essentials and Multi-Laser Inc.

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