Printing and the mobile office

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January 17, 2013

With the mobile office becoming the forefront of our lives, it’s essential that we can incorporate solutions that can improve work efficiency, reduce costs as well as fitting in to a family home. Printing is still an important part of our daily lives, whether its helping your children with their homework, producing reports for the next day’s board meeting or just creating photo albums for friends and family. This is why it’s still vital that we bring the newest and innovative technologies that can be used from both the home and the office.
The modern business worker is constantly facing the dilemma of how to access their work from the comfort of their home or hotel. With cloud servers and web connectivity allowing people to access their documents and emails from anywhere around the globe using VPNs and web-based browsers, printing has never been easier. By connecting a printer to a wireless network, working from the home is now commonplace.  Not only can you access your work whenever needed, but you can also send the final printed version to the office with the click of a button.

IT companies such as Epson have tried and tested various ways that can help consumers work easily and more efficiently by providing innovative business inkjet printers. The company has recently launched its Epson WorkForce Pro series of multifunction printers which allow SMBs with both remote and flexible workers and branch offices to produce high-quality documents at up to a 50% lower cost per page. This allows for faster working and lower costs.

Of course, the demand of “mobile printing” has surged over the years leaving companies and their workers needing sophisticated solutions rather than just innovative products. Google has created a platform called Google Cloud Print that allows users to print from any location.  The platform utilises the web to send commands to the printer meaning that no matter where you are, whether you’re in the same room or on another continent, you can access and print off any document you want for anyone you want.

Google’s Cloud Print also embraces customers who use different devices as part of their personal and professional life. Regardless of whether you’re on a phone, a traditional desktop or a tablet, as long as you’re signed up with the platform you can access your printer. It also gives users a more secure way of sending through documents to remote locations using a secure HTTPS web connection and after a job is completed, Google promises to delete the associated document from its servers.

As we continue to see a growing demand for secure and remote access for businesses of all shapes and sizes, it’s clear that printing has taken a more sophisticated route than it has done in the past. What was once something that took up space in our living room is now becoming an essential part of everyday life, however now it can be accessed from anywhere at any time.

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