Pull printing is a system where users select and release (pull) their print jobs when they arrive at the printer of their choice, rather than sending a print job from their PC (push) to a pre-specified printer or MFP (multifunction printer) for immediate printing.
Unlike the more traditional push printing – where someone prints a document, and their PC (or the print server if one is in use), sends or pushes the job straight to the printer or MFP in question. The job prints immediately or as soon as it can be processed by the queue, and the owner collects it. This is the typical experience most people will think of when it comes to printing.
Pull printing, by contrast, works as follows: someone sends a job to their printer as normal, but the Managed Print Software (MPS) system does not print it immediately – instead the job is stored in a queue in a secure database on the server. When the person arrives at the printer of their choice in order to collect their job, they have to authenticate with the MPS system, upon successful completion of which, the MPS system releases only that persons’ selected print job. The location of the printer is largely irrelevant: the software automatically directs the job to whichever printer the person has authenticated at. Authentication can be done in a variety of ways, from RFID cards to PINs or passwords, biometrics, QR codes or NFC. Many organizations already have magnetic or RFID physical access control systems in place, these existing cards can usually be used for pull printing authentication as well.
When considering the effectiveness of pull printing, the fact that security surrounding printouts is substantially improved immediately becomes clear. Only an authenticated employee can collect a job, and they have to be physically standing in front of the printer before their job even starts printing. There are other significant benefits too, though, such as the fact that paper and toner wastage is dramatically reduced. Countless print jobs are certainly sent to the incorrect printers, or simply printed out and then forgotten on a daily basis in organizations everywhere. Preventing this wastage by implementing authenticated pull printing will add up to significant cost savings when taking economies of scale into account, not to mention the positive effects on the environment through the reduced paper, cartridges, toner, and energy wastage.
Sentinel is compatible with printers, copiers, MFPs – multifunction printers from all the major brands of printer manufacturers including Toshiba, Brother, HP, Samsung, Ricoh, Sharp, Konica Minolta, Xerox, Lexmark, Develop, etc.
The nature of secure pull printing means that it is possible to send a job to print without knowing beforehand where you will collect it. Print jobs can be submitted from PC’s, laptops, mobile phones, tablets or any other mobile devices; they are then stored securely in a private queue on the Sentinel server or cloud. They can then be collected at any supported printer – whether in the room next door or a branch office on another continent. This is the power of WeP private cloud printing – hassle-free dynamic printing for users on the move.