Enterprise Business Printers: How HP Envisions Making Printing Available Anywhere You Happen to Be

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-04-23 Print this article Print
How HP Envisions Making Printing Available Anywhere You Happen to Be

How HP Envisions Making Printing Available Anywhere You Happen to Be

by Chris Preimesberger
Wouldn't it be a great thing to be able to obtain a print copy of a document, on demand, from wherever you may be located—within minutes? This is becoming reality, thanks to a new cloud-based service from Hewlett-Packard called ePrint. Using ePrint, a person with a connected handheld device—at the moment, only RIM BlackBerrys can do this—can search for the nearest connected printer wherever it may be located, enter a security code, go to the printer, and obtain the printout on demand in a matter of minutes. HP, together with RIM, FedEx Office and Hilton Worldwide staged a demonstration of this technology April 21 at—where else?the San Francisco Hilton. At the moment, the first locations for these publicly available printers will be at the 1,800 FedEx Office locations and Hilton-related hotels (Hampton Inns, DoubleTrees, and several other brands), but HP envisions making printers available within a 1-mile radius of any given location inside a city. Ambitious it is. Here's a slide show that demonstrates how this works.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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