You can get print management benefits via 3 different types of setups - depending on your situation, budget and needs. Getting started is quite easy - also if you want to have a test installation, it is easily implemented as an installation parallel to your present system.
1. Push printing with job accounting
This is a simple, low cost solution, which offers tracking of all print activities. All print jobs are directed to the server and printed directly without authentication by the user at the MFP. It helps you control your print cost by reporting statistics on print activity.
Print drivers are installed once on the server and are not needed on the PCs. This saves resources to installation and support. With this solution there is no need for embedded clients, card readers or terminals on the printers. This can be used on any networked printer; so it can also be used for old printers as part of a larger system with more print management features on newer,
more advanced MFPs.
2. Pull printing with ID cards
The second method is to implement pull printing using your present ID card to authenticate users and release prints. With this solution you also get confidential print, as the documents are not printed out until the user swipes the card at the card reader at the printer. The authentication of users also provides tracking in more detail (users, groups, departments etc.).
3. Pull printing with clients on MFPs
With full pull printing with the user interface on the MFP's screen you a get full high-end secure print management solution.
You get full reporting of tracked activity, confidential printing, all the benefits of pull printing and our other options. At the same time it is still very easy to install and support - with no installation (not even print drivers) on the PCs.
All 3 solutions are based on the same technology. They are just examples of how the elements in the system can be combined in different ways depending on your situation and needs.