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Australian-made solution brings security to document printing

  • 28 April, 2005 15:12

<p>Ernst &amp; Young Australia is the first organisation to benefit from a secure printing software application that runs within the MFD itself,</p>
<p>tying printing to the user’s building access card</p>
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<p>Sydney, 28 April 2005 -- Canon Australia today announced that Ernst &amp; Young is the foundation customer for an Australian-developed software application that offers organisations secure network printing. The application runs inside a Canon multifunctional device (MFD), and will only permit printing when the MFD recognises authorised users via their building access cards, verifying their privileges through the organisation’s identity management system.</p>
<p>The announcement of this solution is part of Canon Australia’s official launch of MEAP, an extraordinary new solutions platform that allows Canon, customers, system integrators and developers to simplify the way organisations work by creating embedded applications that transform the behaviour of MFDs. (See today’s release: “Canon unveils platform for next generation of information solutions”.)</p>
<p>The secure printing application was developed for Ernst &amp; Young Australia by Canon in conjunction with its local R&amp;D facility CISRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia), one of the largest private research and development facilities in Australia. It will be released to the wider market in Australia and New Zealand in June 2005. Canon is also exploring the solution’s potential for worldwide release.</p>
<p>In operation, when a user on the network selects a document to print from their PC, it is sent to an MFD running the secure printing application, which stores the document on its secure internal hard disk rather than printing it immediately. When this user or an authorised assistant approaches the MFD, a proximity card reader in the MFD detects their building access card and uses an Active Directory lookup to identify the user, and the application automatically prints all of their documents. To Canon’s knowledge, this is the only solution worldwide that enforces secure printing by connecting the MFD to a proximity card reader in this way.</p>
<p>"At Ernst &amp; Young, we’ve long known that moving from personal desktop printers to shared MFDs can help an organisation to dramatically control costs, but with secure print we have eliminated the last hint of wastage by only printing documents when authorised users verify that they need them,” said Stephen Arnold, CIO, Ernst &amp; Young Australia. “Even better, we have matched or exceeded the perceived security of personal desktop printers by ensuring that only authorised users may collect printing from our shared MFDs.”</p>
<p>“This simple, powerful innovation demonstrates yet again Canon’s ability to develop unique products with global export potential,” said Peter Matthews, Market Segment Manager, Software &amp; Solutions, Canon Australia. “It is also one of the first solutions to be developed for MEAP -- Canon’s astonishing new platform for creating applications that transform the behaviour of MFDs, delivering business benefits that previously would have been unobtainable.”</p>
<p>Canon’s secure printing application will be available in June though Canon direct and dealer channels. It will cost approximately $2000 per MFD, including the installation of the internal proximity card reader. Compatible devices already released in the Canon imageRUNNER range include the iR2220i, iR3320i, iR5020i, iR6020i, iR5020, iR6020, iRC3220, iRC2620, iR4570, iR3570, iR2870, iR2270, iR105+, iR9070 and iR8070.</p>
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<p>About CISRA</p>
<p>Established in 1990, Canon Information Systems Research Australia -- CISRA (cisra.canon.com.au) -- is the Australian R&amp;D centre for Canon Inc, the world's leading provider of cameras, business machines and imaging and information technologies. Due to CISRA's expertise in digital imaging technologies and advanced facilities, the centre has grown from a small R&amp;D group to Canon's largest R&amp;D centre outside Japan. With more than 300 engineering and support staff, CISRA now has an annual turnover of more than AU$45 million. Together with Canon R&amp;D Centres in Japan, America, Europe and Asia, CISRA is a key part of Canon's future product development.</p>
<p>About Canon</p>
<p>Canon Australia Pty. Ltd. (canon.com.au) was established in 1978 and is a subsidiary of $US33.3 billion Canon Inc. Canon Australia is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging solutions, with an extensive product line that includes networked multifunction devices, document solutions software, printers, scanners, facsimiles, digital video cameras, film and digital cameras, and lenses. The company also operates its own finance service, Canon Finance Australia, which provides a one-stop shop for customers wanting to lease or finance their equipment. Canon Information Systems Research Australia (CISRA), located beside Canon Australia in Sydney, contributes local R&amp;D to Canon Inc., which has ranked among the top-three US patent recipients for the past 13 years.</p>
<p>Media contact:</p>
<p>Steven Noble</p>
<p>Associate Director, Technology</p>
<p>Hill &amp; Knowlton</p>
<p>02 9286 1238</p>
<p>snoble@hillandknowlton.com.au</p>

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