Hewlett-Packard’s ePrint service application for Apple’s iPhone is now available in the Apple App Store, giving iPhone users the ability to print within their enterprise network via an HP Managed Print Services engagement. Users can also download the ePrint service app to print at thousands of HP ePrint Mobile Print locations worldwide, including FedEx Office and Hilton Worldwide.
With the launch of the HP application, iPhone users can now print emails, presentations, reports, travel documents and more to any networked enterprise printer. To help mitigate security risks, all print jobs are managed by HP’s ePrint Enterprise Administrative Server software, designed to help keep data within the company’s own network.
The mobile printing solutions support many common file types, including Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, Adobe PDFs, image files, HTML files, text and rich text files, and XPS documents. iPhone users can also search a directory of available print locations and use their smartphone’s GPS functionality to navigate to ePrint Mobile Print locations that include print and copy retail stores as well as hotels and airport lounges.
“By 2014, 90 percent of global Fortune 1000 companies will implement cloud printing services for mobile personnel, showing what HP has known for years-mobility is not a trend, it’s a way of life,” said Bruce Dahlgren, senior vice president of managed enterprise solutions for HP’s imaging and printing group. “We are committed to anticipating our customer needs and delivering innovative solutions like HP ePrint Enterprise for our enterprise customers that need simple, secure mobile access to printing.”
FedEx Office implemented the ePrint solution across its network of more than 1,800 locations nationwide last year, giving users of RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones-and now iPhone-access to ePrint through their retail printing network.
“With these ePrint enhancements, iPhone users can now print documents directly from their devices to our stores using our FedEx Office Print & Go service,” said Brian Philips, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Office. “We are the only national print retailer to offer smartphone printing-making us the clear leader in the marketplace with our extensive portfolio of products and services.”
With email-to-print capability, ePrint Enterprise enables mobile printing within a trusted network from any Internet-enabled device. Now users of any smartphone or mobile device can use HP ePrint Enterprise to send documents from their corporate email account to any networked printer in their enterprise assigned an email address. The new technology is cloud-based, not wireless, and works only with select new Web-connected HP printers, the company noted.