HP Debuts Secure NFC Mobile Printing for Android
HP's new LaserJet M680 multifunction printers feature an NFC-based solution for quick, secure printing from Android smartphones and tablets.Hewlett-Packard has introduced two new printers for enterprises with new near-field communication (NFC) touch-to-authenticate technology that makes its simpler and more secure for workers and contractors to print from Android-based smartphones and tablets. HP Access Control 14.0 enables a user to tap an Android device to the NFC console at the top of the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise MFP M680, allowing them to print without the need to download a driver or connect to the enterprise's network. "As mobile device usage in the office continues to grow, many businesses are concerned with security," Pradeep Jotwani, senior vice president of LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions at HP, said in a March 17 statement. "By simplifying authentication for users, IT managers can better secure printer and MFP fleets without the concern of burdening users with a complicated authentication process." The multifunction M680 can print at speeds up to 45 pages per minute and offers advanced paper-handling and finishing options, including a three-bin stapling mailbox. It can hold more than 4,000 sheets of paper and is intended to support a workgroup of 10 to 30 people.
Scanning, which customers now do even more than printing, according to HP, is also a major focus. Flow technology enables users to drop a bundle of various documents into the tray and be assured everything gets scanned and ideally. Flow skips blank pages; uses EveryPage (the technology that keeps ATMs from ever giving you an extra $20) to ensure each page is accounted for; auto-corrects color tones; and makes it simple to print the documents, email the files, save them to the cloud or a USB drive, or direct them to appropriate channels (HR, accounts payable, etc.) using the printer's 8-inch color touch screen.