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Education Times profiles the solutions helping universities to cut down, streamline and enliven their printing.

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By  Administrator Published  November 3, 2008

Education Times profiles the solutions helping universities to cut down, streamline and enliven their printing.

Lexmark

Lexmark's multi-function printers send documents to email directly, cutting out the computer Lexmark wants its customers to print less.

Its multi-function printers, which scan, copy and have internet access, are designed so that printing is the last option.

The strengths the company can bring to large schools and universities are not limited to its hardware specifically, says Mohammed Addarat, its Middle East large account sales manager, but its strategy.

"It's about looking at institutions' overall objectives with regard to their day to day operations; about allowing students and faculty more time to concentrate on their core competencies; about eliminating inefficiencies across the institution."

Lexmark customises document management solutions for large institutions based on their exact needs. Its 'Follow Me Print' initiative allows students and faculty to pick up their print jobs from any multi-function printer on campus.

Once a print job is sent, it is stored on the printers' network, and only printed once users swipes their card or key in their ID number.

This reduces the paper wasted when print jobs are not collected, and increases security by ensuring that sensitive documents are not viewed by other users.

Users can call up their print history on the networked machines, and reprint jobs if they wish.

Specific user profiles can also be set up across the network of multi-function printers, to restrict access to colour printing, or to limit the number of pages a user can print in a given period.

As well as printing, faxing and copying, Lexmark's multi-function printers are also internet-enabled, taking the computer out of many everyday tasks. Scans can be sent to email directly from the machine, web pages can be viewed and printed, and scheduled tasks can be set to print news or weather from pre-set websites at specific times.

"It's all about printing less and saving more," says Addarat. "We are able to propose the solution - the hardware and software - that fits universities' needs."

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