Think Authentication Solutions for MFP are a Waste? Think Again.

Mike McLeod
February 28, 2017

Implementing an extra layer of security in the office can send some heads spinning. Is this going to take me extra time? Will I have to remember a password? Won't this just complicate the process? While these common office concerns are valid, implementing a multi-function printer (MFP) secured print solution actually helps address several of these concerns, as well as helps save your organization major headaches in the future. Learn the ins and outs of MFP secured print solutions, including how authentication solutions for MFP can help your company increase efficiency while saving money.

How do MFP secured print solutions work?

Secured print solutions are quite simple. Instead of allowing a print job to release to an unattended printer, the individual printing a document must "authenticate" it's processing. This authentication process can take on many forms. Some systems require a password at the actual printer, allowing the user to push print at their desk and then walk over to the printer, enter a password, and then collect the print job. Other systems, such as RF IDeas' MFP secure print solutions, simplify the process, allowing employees to use their existing RFID-enabled badge to authenticate a print job with the simple swipe of a badge at the authentication reader. 

What are the benefits of MFP secured print solutions?

MFP secured print solutions, specifically when simplified through an RFID-enabled badge authentication system, can not only save an organization time, but also money. Here are just a few examples:

  • Security and compliance: Sensitive documents no longer sit on the printer unattended until originator picks them up, reducing unauthorized exposure, improving security and meeting industry compliance.
  • Day-to-day cost savings: Paper and toner usage is immediately reduced because the opportunity for print jobs to be sent and forgotten is eliminated.
  • Annual cost savings: Reduced number of printers required lowers both initial investment and ongoing maintenance.
  • Employee efficiency: Employees sending documents to another office (local or remote) can print them upon arrival, eliminating the need to carry heavy bundles of paper.
  • Sustainability: According to The Paperless Project, "The average office worker continues to use a staggering 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year. 45 percent of the paper printed in offices ends up trashed by the end of the day – this daily lifespan occurs for over a trillion sheets of paper per year, worldwide." Secure print solutions ensure that only jobs truly intended to be printed end up coming out of the printer.

While the initial thought of integrating another step to your already stressful day can be intimidating, the benefits of this relatively simply integration are well worth the cost. To learn more about installing a MFP secured print solution for your organization, contact our MFP Vertical Manager