Published on the 05/02/2019 | Written by Fujifilm
User-friendly, digital-first demand the drivers behind redesign…
The increasing push for user friendly digital-first products and enhanced security has seen Fuji Xerox New Zealand unveil 14 new models of digital colour multifunction printers.
Geoff Hamer, Fuji Xerox New Zealand marking manager, enterprise document solutions, says the new product series – named the ‘ApeosPort-VII/DocuCentre-VII’ – provides an experience more consistent with what users are familiar with – their own mobile devices – incorporating large touch screens and icons instead of hard keys; plus allows printing, scanning from iOS or Android mobile devices. Cloud storage is now embedded allowing functions such as transferring pictures and web pages from the mobile to the printers or downloading files from the cloud.
Security has also been enhanced to comply with new international standards for data privacy and device protection, with each printer able to be connected to two un-associated networks in order to enable separate communications.
In one of the biggest security advances, a new Trusted Platform Module (TPM) provides enhanced encryption, with the system’s root password stored on the TPM side, and the customer not needing a complex and separate password for hard disk encryption.
Internal and external access rights can be set, and potential backup mechanisms established for all scanned files.
The large 25.7cm (that’s 10.1 inches in screen size lingo) colour touch panel, which Fuji Xerox says is as simple to use as a smart phone, can also be used as a corporate announcement screen, displaying either static images or GIF videos.
When it comes to printer management, Fuji Xerox is harnessing machine learning and forecasting functions for administrators to provide predictive support for system management, usage, consumables notification and troubleshooting through data analysis to help assist in mitigating downtime, maximising productivity and so increasing operating margin.
Connect on Demand
Coinciding with the launch, Fuji Xerox has expanded its software and cloud services.
Cloud print on demand has been updated with Azure Active Directory authentication now enabling interfacing with the Microsoft cloud services OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, while the mobile app has also been updated with a new look and feel and a new introduced text print feature.
The Cloud Service Hub, which connects multifunction printers with cloud storage services from various vendors using a single interface, enables easy searching of scanned documents in cloud storage from a single interface, using optical character recognition.
Also on the cloud front is the Device Log Service which aggregates data about printer usage, across up to 1,500 MFDs, with the information automatically imported on LDAP/ActiveDirectory users.
The devices also include document workflow designed to promote the use of digital documents, with DocuWorks Tray 2 enabling documents to be delivered to a document tray – an icon which looks like an ‘in tray’ on the user’s desktop computer, while Working Folder enables unregistered users to send documents, making the exchange of documents with external business partners more efficient.
Peter Thomas, Fuji Xerox New Zealand managing director, says New Zealand market is undergoing a rapid transformation to digital-first products.
Thomas says the ‘powerful’ security and technology features of the new offerings will ‘deliver significant improvements to business efficiencies’ for Kiwi businesses.