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What do your MFP, your computer, and your smart phone have in common?

Mon Mar 24, 2014 | Ameritel Corporation

What do your MFP, your computer, and your smart phone have in common?

Once upon a time — let’s say, the year 2000 or so — electronic devices and office equipment did what they were designed to do, and little else. A mobile phone basically made and received phone calls; a TV received images; a copier burned images onto paper.

Today, with microprocessors so cheap, devices everywhere are “smart.” That is, they have full-blown computers buried into them. Sometimes, the computing platform is obvious; that is, no one buys an iPhone to just make phone calls. Others are more subtle: My parents were surprised to find that their new LED TV had Netflix and Amazon prime built-in. And of course what makes these new platforms so dynamic is that you can load new features onto the devices. Often free, these applications — apps — allow a so-equipped device to offer new features down the road. Sometimes, these features haven’t even been thought of when you purchase the device.

A lot of people don’t realize that their modern MFP from Canon or Kyocera has a powerful processor built-in, which is why it’s able to handle print jobs while you’re copying documents, able to send scans to specific email addresses, and so forth. They can also learn new tricks, because there are apps for many MFPs. That’s because underneath the hood, these MFPs have a an application programming language built-in (for the technically inclined, it’s Java, the open source, platform-independent application programming language that powers lots of mobile apps as well). This allows your MFP to have new programs loaded on — just like an iPhone or your computer.

Kyocera’s Taskalfa models include a solution called HYPAS (Hybrid Platform for Advanced Solutions). Your Ameritel sales consultant can get you a complete list of available apps, and arrange to have them installed on your new equipment. Highlights include one geared towards teachers (it helps create and process multiple-choice tests), others, such as the apps that allow users to review and approve scanned documents from a mobile phone, or to use an MFP as a fax machine, are geared towards the office environment.

Canon’s customers have a similar range of apps, such as their Direct Print and Scan for Mobile app, that links a Canon MFP to an iPhone or iPad, supporting printing and scanning.

New apps are coming out all the time, and Ameritel is here to help you find the right solutions for your needs. Unlock the hidden power of your Kyocera or Canon MFP today.



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