Follow me printing solutions have become popular in all manner of print environments—educational and enterprise settings in particular—because of their convenience and security. They give end users more flexibility and greater control over their print jobs and can even help reduce waste by making printing itself more intentional.
Depending on the implementation, follow me printing goes by many names. Some of these include Pull Printing, Release Printing, Personal Printing, Secure Pull Printing and others. No matter what they’re called, follow me printing solutions all tend to operate on the same principle, and the broader follow me printing benefits are generally the same.
The basic two-step process that underlies most follow me printing solutions is this:
With this scenario in mind, it should be quite clear what the many practical follow me printing benefits might be. For example, in a university setting, a student can print from any nearby workstation to a shared printer in the building where her next class is going to be. After she gets to the printer, she can scan her ID badge using a card reader and release her print job. This means her print job is sent to a convenient location for retrieval, yet the completed job isn’t left sitting in the output tray to be viewed by other students or taken by mistake before she arrives. Based on this example, you can also see how easily follow me printing solutions would have useful applications in an enterprise environment with mobile employees or confidential documents.
One thing that often gets overlooked in all this is the potential follow me printing savings. Because follow me printing solutions make the “execution” or “release” step a deliberate one, they avoid the factors that can lead to thousands of pages of unclaimed documents each year – waste in the form of consumed paper and ink that goes straight into the trash or the recycle bin. This makes resource efficiency just one more of the incidental follow me printing benefits.
At PrinterLogic, our Pull Printing solution is bundled into a single, easy-to-implement Pull Printing module. It offers three different but equally versatile methods to authenticate and release print jobs:
Unlike other follow me printing solutions, Pull Printing from PrinterLogic makes it incredibly easy to equip your entire print environment with this convenient and secure functionality, so you and your end users can begin reaping the follow me printing benefits as well as the follow me printing savings without a complex deployment process.