HP Embraces NFC to Enable Mobile Printing

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    Every day, a few thousand people look at something on their mobile device that they need to print out. The problem is that it is not so easy to do using devices in which the whole idea of printing something was either overlooked or outright frowned upon.

    Looking to remedy that oversight, HP this week unveiled its HP 1200w Mobile Print Accessory, a device that when attached to an HP printer, allows users to send print jobs via a near-field communications (NFC) link.

    According to David Laing, director of future product marketing for HP LaserJet printers, printing is still a major element of the workflow in the average office. Via the new NFC accessory, users can now simply walk up to any HP printer and print out a document from their smartphone or tablet device.

    In addition, HP unveiled a broad range of printers and multifunction peripherals (MFPs) in which support for NFC is embedded in the printer.

    HP also announced that its latest MFPs are now optimized for scanning in order to increase the rate at which paper documents can be digitized. Users can also now search for documents using HP Autonomy software, which now comes bundled with HP printers.

    Of course, users can still access that printer via a wireless network or HP ePrint services in the cloud. But in terms of convenience, there’s nothing quite like standing next to a printer and picking up the document you need a few seconds after you send it to print.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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