Fuji Xerox has developed a robotic printer that will move towards the creator of any print job it receives.
In a move to design a system to enable secure printing, Fuji Xerox has created a new style of printer. This printer aims to not only print a user’s documents, but to securely pass them onto its originator in a move to reduce secure information falling into the wrong hands.
The printer has been designed for use in public areas such as a small shared office or business lounge (for example a 1st class business lounge in an airport). The device moves around using sensors which detects any large objects or people and stops the machine bumping into them.
Although the device has been tested in a business lounge in Tokyo for the last month, some security analysts aren’t convinced. IDC analyst Maggie Tan has commented that there are better methods already available and that “the majority of these business lounges would have higher printing demand, especially from business travellers who always need to print urgently using a secured method.” She went on to add that “there are several mobile printing solutions available today that users can submit the print job online through their mobile devices or laptops and they are given a secured password to collect their printouts.”
The current prototype works by each desk in the Tokyo business lounge holding a unique web address from which users can print. Users then access the address and upload documents to be printed. “Once the printer receives the job, it moves to the intended recipient who then has to display a smart card to activate printing”.