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HP Expands Mobile Print Offerings to Make Wireless Printing Simple
Company Drives Growing Market for Mobile Printing with New Solutions, Technology RelationshipsLAS VEGAS, CTIA Wireless, Oct. 16, 2002
In support of its four-year investment in mobile printing, HP has expanded its portfolio of mobile wireless print solutions to include:
"Our customers want to be more productive by printing from mobile devices, but they want the experience to be just as simple and straight-forward as printing is from the desktop," said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, HP Imaging and Printing Group. "Our multi-million dollar investment in mobile printing and collaboration with key industry leaders give business users the ability to print critical information wirelessly no matter where they are in the world."
The HP Mobile Enterprise Printing Solution
The server-based HP Mobile Enterprise Printing Solution incorporates technology from Adobe and RIM, enabling corporate IT managers to meet the growing demand for mobile printing. The solution allows mobile business users to be more productive by easily printing a broad range of documents from Pocket PC 2002 and RIM Blackberry devices.
The HP Mobile Enterprise Printing Solution integrates into existing wired network infrastructures and provides mobile access to any networked printer within an enterprise. It also reduces print management costs by enabling IT professionals to troubleshoot print jobs, view status, track system performance and monitor users through a simple Web-based management tool.
The HP Mobile Enterprise Printing Solution is available immediately in the United States for a free 60-day trial at http://www.hp.com/go/mep.
HP Mobile Printing for Pocket PC
HP Mobile Printing for Pocket PC allows users of Pocket PC devices to print their critical information, including e-mails, images, appointments, contacts, Pocket Word and Microsoft® Office files.
As a standalone solution, HP Mobile Printing for Pocket PC allows mobile professionals to print any resident content on their mobile devices directly to networked, and Bluetooth- and infrared-enabled printers.
In addition, the solution provides Pocket PC devices access to the robust capabilities of the HP Mobile Enterprise Printing Solution.
Pocket PC device users worldwide can download HP Mobile Printing for Pocket PC at no charge beginning in December at http://www.hp.com/go/pocketpcprint.
The HP Mobile Public Printing Solution
The HP Mobile Public Printing Solution delivers notebook PC printing capability in public venues, including hotels, corporate guest offices, airports and other so-called "hot spots." The solution integrates with Cisco's Building Broadband Service Manager and Guest-Tek broadband access technology to add printing to their high-speed Internet access solutions.
The HP Mobile Public Printing Solution is available in the United States to businesses interested in providing public print services for their customers. Information on this solution is available at http://www.hp.com/go/mobileprinting.
HP Jetdirect 802.11 Wireless Print Servers
HP Jetdirect 802.11 print servers are the only print servers available to support 802.1x Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), including Cisco's LEAP implementation. The HP Jetdirect 280m, 380x and 680n 802.11 print servers provide IT professionals with a secure method to allow wireless printing within an enterprise across a wide range of print and multifunction devices.
HP Jetdirect 802.11 print servers are available now worldwide. Information on these solutions is available at http://www.hp.com/go/mobileprinting.
HP Developers Program and Mobile Printing Software Development Kit
The HP Mobile Printing SDK enables simple and reliable mobile printing to applications, services and devices by providing developers with the tools and code libraries necessary to add mobile print functionality.
The HP Developers Program enables developers and device vendors to add mobile print functionality based on the Print Services Interface standard.
The HP Developers Program is collaborating with PalmSource to enable printing for the Palm OS, while Sony Ericsson is enabling standards-based mobile printing from mobile phones to Bluetooth-enabled printers, including the HP Deskjet 450 printer.
The SDK is expected to be available on Oct. 31 through the HP Developers Program. Application information is available at http://www.hp.com/go/mobileprinting.
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