Five reasons why mobile pull printing with ThinPrint Mobile Print makes sense

mobile pull printing

Personal Printing makes implementing mobile pull printing very easy. Print jobs can be initiated from mobile devices, the printout is launched at the desired printer, for example by simply scanning a QR code attached to that printer.

More and more employees are equipped with mobile devices and using them for work. Initially, the term mobile working was associated with working on business trips for example. However, smartphones are just as frequently used in many organizations’ day-to-day business. For example, on the way from your desk to the meeting room, during a meeting or when visiting another site. In many companies, employees no longer have a fixed desk, and use shared desks. In all these scenarios it is really convenient to be able to print from your mobile device. And print to that printer that you’re walking past, in the meeting room, in a colleague’s office or simply the one closest to your desk that day. That’s exactly what ThinPrint Mobile Print achieves. The ThinPrint solution for managed mobile printing includes a license for its Personal Printing pull printing technology. This means that you not only initiate the print job with a smartphone, but you can also decide on the spot where you want to print. That’s why in this fourth article in our series on mobile printing we deal with mobile pull printing.

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The “Personal Printer” can be chosen when printing from a smartphone or tablet.

What Is Mobile Pull Printing?

With mobile pull printing, the print job is initiated from a smartphone or tablet, but then stored temporarily on a server. Only when the user authenticates themself with their mobile device at a printer of their choice, does the actual print output begin. Among many possible authentication methods are scanning a barcode or NFC code attached to the printer for example.

Five Important Reasons for (Mobile) Pull Printing

1. Security: Security is an important argument for using pull printing. User authentication ensures that only that employee receives the document directly at the printer. It cannot – as is so often the case in companies without pull printing – fall into the hands of others.

2. Cost Savings: Who hasn’t experience it? Documents that are never picked up pile up in the printer tray. Apparently, that printout was not as necessary as the user initially assumed. Pull printing changes that! Employees only print the documents they actually need. The results are less toner and paper consumption which means lower operating costs.

3. Fewer support requests: A major advantage of pull printing is that it is incredibly easy for the user to print. For example, with the pull printing solution Personal Printing which is integrated in ThinPrint Mobile Print, the user simply selects the “Personal Printing” printer from the printer list. This means they don’t have to ask themselves which printer is closest to them beforehand. And they don’t have to deal with different user interfaces. Pull Printing also contributes therefor to far less helpdesk calls!

4. Reduced burden on IT departments: No IT employee has to deal with which user needs access to which printer. They simply set up Personal Printing as the printer driver and the users decides themselves which printer they want to use.

5. Clear Overview of Printer Usage: Another nice side effect of Personal Printing is that the administrator can see the utilization of the printer fleet in a clear web interface. Maybe a printer is not at full capacity and can be used somewhere else or eliminated? How many color prints were made and much more – all this information is now easily available in one location.

For example, the barcode attached to the printer is scanned for printing.

As can be seen, the use of pull printing, as included in ThinPrint Mobile Print, offers a wide-range of additional advantages. More information about ThinPrint’s Personal Printing solution can be found at: www.thinprint.com/personalprinting

Are you interested in other aspects of mobile printing? Then take a look at the other contributions in our mobile printing series, such as:
Mopria, Google Cloud Print and Possible Alternatives: Android Printing for Enterprises
Network Printing With iPhones and iPads – That´s How It Works!
Mobile Printing – Definition, Scenarios and Advantages

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