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While Exhibition Place is a coveted destination for a wide range of events, it operates much like a typical office environment. It has many operational and partner units onsite that need to print, scan and fax on a daily basis. The culture was used to having dedicated printers that had to be kept running. But when something went awry and a printer needed service, it was up to the facility's small IT department to handle the issue.
Exhibition Place also wanted to enable its operational teams to work smarter by enabling mobile printing from any device to any printer onsite. However, it didn't have the technology infrastructure in place to support mobile printing.
Finally, Exhibition Place needed a way to track its print output and user behaviour around printing to further the environmental goals of its GREENSmart program. With no technology to track printing, it had uncontrolled printing and paper consumption — which ran contrary to its sustainability platform.
Ricoh has been working with Exhibition Place for more than a decade. The relationship began with replacing dedicated printers with multifunction printers (MFPs) and organically right-sizing devices and updating print technology through the years. As Exhibition Place strengthened its commitment to operating more efficiently and sustainably, it turned to Ricoh for solutions to turn ideas into reality.
We enabled Follow-You print technology that allows end users to print at an MFP that is most conveniently located — no matter where they are on the sprawling facility. We implemented authentication software at the devices whereby end users use their access card to securely retrieve their printed document at the nearest device. If a document isn't released at the MFP, it is simply deleted from the system. We also enabled mobile printing technology so end users could use their smartphone or tablet to print to any of the MFPs.
Furthermore, we added tracking software to the print fleet so Exhibition Place could know who was printing where — and what was being printed — to drive more sustainable printing practices.
To streamline printer management, we moved Exhibition Place's print server and applications to the cloud and took over management of the print fleet. Through technology, we receive notifications when toner needs to be replaced, conduct service for all the devices and provide environmental reports so Exhibition Place can track its environmental progress.