Xerox Making MFPs Smarter with New Enhancements

Allison Correia
Mar 11, 2016

Xerox ConnectKey User Interface

Yesterday, March 10th, Xerox announced advancements to its Xerox ConnectKey technology to expand what multifunction printers (MFPs) can do in the workplace. The Xerox ConnectKey-enabled i-Series MFPs are equipped with ready-to-use apps, speed up paper-dependent business processes and make it easier for users to collaborate and work more effectively. The technology also gives Xerox and its partners opportunities to better understand customer business needs and uncover new recurring revenue streams.

The 14 Xerox ConnectKey-enabled i-Series MFPs are pre-loaded with access to the Xerox App Gallery right on the user interface providing users easy access to apps from Xerox and partners. Currently, the Xerox App Gallery contains Xerox created apps including connectors to the most popular cloud repositories: Print and Scan for Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, Office 365, and Scan to Cloud Email. Xerox is also enabling their partners to create customized apps for their customers including vertical specific apps to help with workflow. There is also an app for translation using ABBYY technology, so the MFP has the ability to translate a document into more than 35 languages. As Jim Rise, senior vice president, Office and Solutions Business Group, Xerox, said, “It allows businesses to go beyond printing, scanning, faxing and copying, and gives channel partners the tools they need to capture new recurring revenue streams.”

Xerox also released a free mobile cloud printing solution, @PrintByXerox App, so employees and visitors can securely print from any mobile or network connected device to an MFP by way of a single email address without IT support. The QR Code App lets users connect and pair to a ConnectKey-enabled MFP with a simple scan of a QR code from their phone or tablet to effortlessly print and scan documents.

In addition, Xerox announced enhancements to their Mobile Link App. Now available on iOS and Android, the app enables users to create one-touch, automated workflows on their mobile devices to remotely control a Xerox MFP and transmit documents to fax, email and cloud hosted services like Box, Dropbox and Google Drive. A new camera capture feature squares and straightens photos of documents taken with a mobile device, and workers can route them directly to relevant departments.

With these enhancements, Xerox is making the MFP smarter, and giving end-users more accessibility to more technology. They are enabling the channel partners and clients to add on capabilities to the MFP that fits their needs in a simple and easy way.

Xerox hosted a day-long briefing at its Gil Hatch Center in Rochester, NY on Wednesday, March 9th to share the new announcements and showcase the new technology. A larger piece will be published further discussing the new technologies, as well as, providing Xerox’s strategy and overview of the briefing. Contact Scott Phinney at scott.phinney@infotrends for more information.

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