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Canon launches new ‘advanced desktop devices’

Company stresses prospects for partners in imageRUNNER ADVANCE series additions

Canon launches new ‘advanced desktop devices’
End-users of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 500i can print from any Google Cloud Print-enabled Web-connected device.

Imaging specialist Canon Middle East this week announced it is supporting its partners with the extension of its imageRUNNER ADVANCE range following the launch of two new compact black-and-white multifunctional devices (MFDs).

Canon now expects partners will be able to meet a wider range of "document handling challenges" with the company's expanded range.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East said, "Our partners need to meet the increasing demand for compact imaging solutions that help busy workgroups to work more efficiently as well as addressing concerns around security, management efficiency and cost control."

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE 400i and 500i A4 devices combine imageRUNNER ADVANCE output and capture capabilities in a "compact" design. End-users can print from any Google Cloud Print-enabled Web-connected device, or scan to and print from iPad, iPhone and Android mobile devices.

The uniFLOW platform offers configurable document workflows to larger organisations or more demanding environments. UniFLOW is designed to provide a secure platform for users to print from any device to any networked MFD.

Canon emphasised that the imageRUNNER ADVANCE MEAP and MEAP Web application platforms will allow partners the opportunity to develop customised applications for the new devices to automate and optimise end-to-end output management and capture document workflows of businesses of all sizes.

In addition, as with the rest of the imageRUNNER-ADVANCE range, Canon said partners can integrate the new models into existing printing infrastructures because of industry standards such as genuine Adobe PostScript, while also delivering service remotely, removing back-office burdens from customers.

"Partners also benefit from the new devices' scalable security capabilities, with which they are able to address the concerns of any organisation; from standard features such as smart user authentication and function-level control to sophisticated options such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Canon said.

The company also said end users would retain full visibility of usage and costs by user as well as the option to apply user-level restrictions for enhanced security.

 "Canon's new imageRUNNER-ADVANCE 400i and 500i devices provide our partners with a strong offering to satisfy the growing market demand for high-quality A4 imaging solutions," said Verbrugghe.

"As part of a managed print service or balanced deployment approach, or even as a standalone solution for a smaller business, the new advanced desktop devices support the strength of our partners' imaging propositions.

"Extending Canon's award-winning portfolio, the two new models strengthen our partners' ability to provide a complete and tailored document solution - based on a compelling blend of hardware, software and services - to organisations of all sizes."

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