Canon Announces Update To ImageRunner Advance

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Canon has announced a significant update to its imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third Generation fleet. The 2nd Edition Portfolio combines Canon’s latest hardware and software technologies, to provide businesses with secure and consistent cloud-based document solutions.

The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE portfolio will operate on the Unified Firmware Platform (UFP) which offers a more consistent user and management experience. Always-on monitoring checks for vulnerabilities before they emerge, saving businesses both time and expense. By continually pushing the latest features and updates out to devices, equipment remains fully functional and fully secure with minimal input from users. Thanks to the UFP, users are secure in the knowledge that their investment is safe, removing the need to change device fleets with every update.

Designed to seamlessly connect office technology to the cloud, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third Generation 2nd Edition portfolio offers a wide range of models. The upgraded devices offer integrated solutions including a powerful scan to cloud and output management solution, uniFLOW Online Express, as well as device-based authentication solution, Universal Login Manager. Users can track and report on the activity and easily generate graphical reports in the uniFLOW Online Express portal. The dashboard allows drag and drop of widgets according to personal needs and displays an overview of the organisation’s print, scan and copy environment, giving different detailed reports for user and device. UniFLOW Online Express allows administrators to track the organisation’s printing, copying, faxing and scanning costs, which fa­cilitates correct cost allocation to individual users.

The updated imageRUNNER Advance portfolio can also integrate with other capture and document management solutions including uniFLOW and Therefore Online. True cloud connectivity allows businesses to match specific document workflow requirements to their device. Straightforward to install and manage, the uniFLOW platform accesses modern cloud-based technologies to streamline business processes and increase productivity by enabling employee focus on core activities.

The uniFLOW Online Express and uniFLOW Online solutions will also support Canon’s extensive hardware portfolio, including the imageRUNNER C3000 series and i-SENSYS products launched in 2017, as well as new black and white i-SENSYS products to be launched this year, enabling Canon to offer a wide range of solutions to the market in 2018.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third Generation 2nd Edition platform boasts robust security and print fleet control, with seamless integration of hardware and software. User authentication login at device means even jobs sent from mobiles can be held securely until released, protecting confidentiality. To help prevent unauthorised distribution of sensitive information, various device functions can be disabled for individual users, while visual and audible Original Reminder notifications alert users when information from scanned originals is left at the device. UniFLOW Online Express offers complete visibility over print behaviours, enables managers to manage print costs and limit or restrict access to features or devices by department, workgroup or individual. Guest printing also enables secure ad-hoc mobile printing without access to the company network.

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE Third Generation 2nd Edition portfolio can minimise downtime as well as administrative interventions. Thanks to the imageWARE Management Console, users can check device status and consumables, remotely. In addition, employees can securely capture or print documents on the move and quickly link their mobile devices directly into business workflows. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE portfolio offers multiple ways to connect smart devices including QR Code pairing, Optional NFC and Optional Bluetooth low energy plus support for common applications such as Google Cloud Print, AirPrint and Mopria.

Daniel Woodstock, product marketing manager, Canon Europe commented, ‘At Canon we take the security requirements of our customers extremely seriously and we strongly believe that businesses can have robust security measures that don’t hamper efficiency, but rather, improve it. Our commitment to innovation is a result of continually listening to our customers’ requirements and ensuring that we’re always responding to feedback to develop the best possible solutions for their business.’

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