Fuji Xerox to run 60,000 school printers

Fuji Xerox to run 60,000 school printers

Summary: The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities has picked Fuji Xerox Australia to manage its new "Pay As You Print" optimisation program that will see it install printing equipment in schools at no upfront cost, with the schools only paying for what they use.

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The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities has picked Fuji Xerox Australia to manage its new "Pay As You Print" optimisation program that will see it install printing equipment in schools at no upfront cost, with the schools only paying for what they use.

Fuji Xerox will conduct an audit of each school in the program's printing and imaging requirements and will provide recommendations to the school on the optimum amount and type of equipment required. Schools will then be able to choose to accept the recommendation, which will see them receive the new equipment at no upfront cost. Any equipment that is less than four years old prior to the refresh is bought back from the school at current market value. The new equipment is paid back through a "cost per print" repayment process. After four years, the printers in each school will again be refreshed with new technology.

According to Fuji Xerox Australia, the program will see the company manage some 60,000 print, copy and fax devices from different manufacturers in over 2200 schools around New South Wales. Fuji Xerox will partner with HP Australia in the audit process and will be responsible for installation and management of the devices in each school.

For the past three years, the company had been managing printing processes for each school individually; however, Fuji Xerox Australia executive general manager Andy Berry said that centrally managing the program will lead to reduced operating costs for the schools.

Fuji Xerox Australia was not at liberty to disclose the value of the deal, and the Department of Education and Communities had not responded to requests for comment at the time of writing.

Topics: Government, Government AU, Hardware

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  • A "Pay as you Print" plan is just a "cost per copy" plan worded differently, this charging style has been around for ages. And isn't it unusual/wrong for a government department to allow only a single supplier without going to tender.
    andrewdw
  • Micro$oft effectively run all ICT decision making processes at DEC so it is no surprise that they are looking after their new mates at FX. Hopefully we can expect some new drivers from FX that wont crash Window$ servers.
    tafeless
  • FX also make pretty shoddy gear, too. You'd think that the inventor of photocopying would know how to make a machine properly, but sadly they've slipped from those early days at Xerox PARC. An Administrator can't even manage it remotely if a user happens to be at the machine doing a photocopy (Toshiba are much better at remote admin), and FX's admin consoles, whilst typical of my web consoles, are even more all over the place than the rest of the field. I also agree with "tafeless" that the plethora of FX drivers are pretty shoddy, too (though, this also is par for the course, except for my experience with Toshiba).
    RW-0018f