What is Follow Me Printing?

Follow me printing has become a popular solution in a variation of print environments, such as legal settings where the need for confidentiality is paramount, for example. This is due to the many benefits; it is convenient, flexible, and secure, and increases the level of control that the user has. What’s more, by making print more intentional, it also reduces waste. But what is it?

Essentially, with follow me printing solutions the user starts a print job from their workstation, but it doesn’t actually print until it has been authenticated by the user. Authentication protocols could be something like scanning an ID badge.

Example 1;

A lawyer needs to print an extremely confidential document about a client’s case, which cannot be seen by prying eyes. Follow me printing allows the lawyer to verify their identity upon retrieving the document, so that it does not fall into the wrong hands. The system reduces the need for a personal printer for each lawyer.

 Example 2;

A student is studying in the library and wants to print something in the room where she will have her next lesson. When she leaves the library and finds her way to the printer in her classroom, she can scan her ID badge and receive the document. This means she can print to a convenient location without her documents being left for someone else to see or even take (either accidentally or on purpose).

Based on the above scenarios, you can see just how beneficial follow me printing can be, especially when applied correctly, on large sites. Since the documents are deliberately printed during the authentication stage, the potential for wasted, unclaimed items drastically declines. As a result, the cost benefits on ink and paper is remarkable. This level of efficiency and cost-effectiveness is one of the key benefits to follow me printing.

If you have any questions about follow me printing, or managed print in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’d be more than happy to help.

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This post was written by Anwen Haynes1

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