Printing anything from anywhere is no longer impossible
By Mike Gaudreau - Boomer Technology
Printing anything from anywhere is no longer impossible. It’s become often a necessity when using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop and is an essential part of your daily workflow. Let’s face it that even in our “green” world printing is still required and is not likely to disappear any time soon. In many industries, such as legal, insurance, medical, pharmaceutical, and government a live “wet signature” on a printed page is still required to execute a contract. Gartner research predicts that over 90% of the Fortune 1000 will implement cloud-based printing for mobile employees by 2014.
Here are a few cases in point. You receive a spreadsheet attachment on your smartphone, or tablet and need a way to view the document without squinting. You’ve revised a large document just as your plane lands, and need to print it before you arrive at your business meeting. Or maybe you are just staying with family out of town, and need to print a boarding pass directly from your phone. Perhaps you purchased last minute show tickets and need to print the eTickets. Whatever the case, wouldn’t you like to send a print job to the printer you have down the hall, or to a printer in an office supply superstore down the block, or even in your hotel’s lobby? How about sending a document from Montreal to your own printer back in Vancouver?
Mobile printing technology now makes this possible. Printers with wireless or internet connectivity can communicate beyond a specific user or workgroup. And printer vendors and third party vendors; all happy to help you collaborate, remain productive and print when needed while in the office or on the road from your mobile devices; are providing solutions that use e-mail or cloud-based print servers as the backbone for sending print output. Large companies like Apple, Google, and HP have technologies that address issues such as reaching older printers, or finding places to print when you’re on the road. There are also a number of manufacturer independent solutions available from Breezy, EFI, PrinterOn, Drivve, and Lantronix to name several.
Of the above mentioned solutions Breezy stands out for its wide range of features, simplicity, and affordability. Breezy has an extensive list of features that makes it ideal for enterprises and partners such as hotels. For example Breezy has 14 major features while its competitors cover anywhere from 2 to 8 of these. Some of the notable enterprise features are; on-device encryption, Breezy Beacon which enables Apple Airprint support across subnets, centralized IT management, integration with MDM; productivity and pull print partners such as MobileIron, Good Technology, Box, Dropbox and GoPrint and Breezy’s Global Partner Print Network. For additional information visit Breezy.
Breezy does not need additional hardware at the printers in order to unlock the print job with a secret code provided by the application. This helps keep costs down. For example a partner location can provide Breezy to its customers and not have to pay Breezy any fees. Breezy earns its revenue through several usage plans which individuals, professionals, or enterprises sign up for.
Enterprises can provide their staff with mobile device printing services within their own network. This can be important to enterprises with a significant investment in mobile devices or who are adopting BYOD. It is surly better than lugging around the laptop and then printing that important document for your next meeting.
Using the cloud services of Breezy extends its use to partner locations such as hotels who have signed up to provide the service in their lobby business centres. The cloud service will geo locate the closest Breezy partner location and pinpoint it for you on your device. Breezy also offers an app for personal use available for Apple, Android, Blackberry and PC devices. Users also have the option of printing from the Web by logging into their Breezy account. So now you have your home network covered as well. I can attest to Breezy’s reliability as my wife, I and guests use it in our home to print material from our smartphones and tablets. I have found it more reliable than even the free Google print app.
So in conclusion Breezy addresses mobile printing in a very complete way whether it is in the enterprise, while travelling, or at home. It is definitely worth a try. More information may be obtained by visiting https://www.breezy.com/