Developing good print hygiene habits has never been more imperative. The introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) has brought with it the ability for networked devices to communicate and share information in an unprecedented way. Multifunction printers (MFPs) resemble powerful computers in their ability to connect to a network, share and store information. This makes them susceptible to privacy breaches and data security threats.
This past month, I had the pleasure of attending the Samsung Developer Conference 2016 in San Francisco, California. The tagline for this year's event was 'Connecting the Future Everywhere You Look' and true to this concept, Samsung and their technology partners showcased the latest innovations in smart devices, from applications in healthcare to virtual reality to wearables and IoT.
Here are my takeaways regarding one of Samsung's smart-device initatives: Samsung Printing Smart UX.
We are in one of the most highly connected markets of any industry segment, with one of the highest levels of penetration among smart digital devices –connected to the cloud with data monitoring sensors, software and electronics. Many of these devices are remotely monitored through either ‘click charge’ contracts or as part of MPS contracts. Of more than 100 million laser printers installed worldwide, almost 100 percent are enabled with intelligence and connectivity to enable remote monitoring and management, and over 25 percent are already being actively managed, growing more than 15 percent a year (source Photizo Group MPS and Hardware forecasts)!
We work closely with many partners across the world and want to share their perspectives with you - so to kick it off Jordan Darragh, CEO of PrintReleaf has graciously written our first guest blog! We couldn't be more excited to share that with you!