Curtin Uni to slash excess printing

Summary:Curtin University is looking to slash the 50 million sheets it prints each year by signing up with Fuji Xerox in a five-year, multimillion-dollar managed printing deal.

Curtin University is looking to slash the 50 million sheets it prints each year by signing up with Fuji Xerox in a five-year, multimillion-dollar managed printing deal.

To achieve the reduction, Fuji Xerox will cut down on the number of wasted printed pages by requiring users to swipe an ID card or enter a pin number at the printing device in order to print documents. Managers will receive reports on printing volumes. It will also provide more scanning devices, and implement double-sided printing as default, which is possible with multi-function printers.

Fuji Xerox will also conduct a review of the current devices, and compare it with forecast usage, upgrading older printers with more efficient multi-function models and decommissioning redundant printers. The number of printers in the fleet is expected to drop from 800 to just over 400.

Fuji Xerox was chosen out of six organisations in a procurement process. Prior to this contract, Curtin had contracts signed in 2006 with Fuji Xerox and Konica Minolta for the supply of multi-function devices either as a purchase or as a leasing arrangement.

Fuji Xerox said that its longstanding relationship with the university provides it with the knowledge it needs to create the savings.

"By understanding the university's needs to provide smart scanning and document services, and to enable effective printing, we have worked together to create this solution," Anthony Cogswell, general manager global services Fuji Xerox Australia, said in a statement.

Topics: Hardware

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