Enterprise Business Printers: How HP Envisions Making Printing Available Anywhere You Happen to Be
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 locatedwithin 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 deviceat the moment, only RIM BlackBerrys can do thiscan 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 atwhere 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.