Konica Minolta South Africa has helped the University of Limpopo increase student productivity by installing a sophisticated print management and cost recovery platform at the University of Limpopo (UL).
The agreement between Konica Minolta South Africa and UL was born out of the need to overhaul the existing printing facilities and management system to provide a cashless printing facility, which would be available 24/7 for self service and which offered students different pricing options for printing, scanning, and copying on the same device. UL also specified that the new system needed to meet exacting security and accurate billing standards, and still offer students full flexibility.
We wanted to implement a highly secure system that still allowed our students the ability to print from anywhere, at any time and from any device, including student laptops, iPads and smart phones, but which still provided full privacy on the documents that are printed. It also needed to be reliable and accurate when billing the students and offer multiple payment options. To do this, we opted for a system that requires an additional PIN code before is activated, as a further security measure, said Mr DK Mohuba, executive director of marketing and communication and spokesperson of UL.
Mohuba continues: We wanted to help our students become more productive by addressing some of the issues that we knew were holding them back. For example, we were looking for a system that would help to cut the long queues which our students were experiencing when they needed to load credit onto their accounts, make copies of class notes and case studies and print assignments. We knew that the university would have to make a significant investment in state-of-the-art technology and software, but we were cognisant of the fact that our students needed to be presented with cost effective options.
Konica Minolta South Africa had also won the tender to supply UL with its multifunctional devices (MFDs) in academic and support areas, as well as copying and printing facilities in libraries, student centres, and computer laboratories, which are available to its staff, students and visitors to the university’s campuses.
As part of the installation we also implemented Pcounter at UL. Pcounter is a scalable, network based print and copy management software, which allows organisations take control of their print accounting quickly and easily. It has long been an intelligent choice for print and copy management, as it helps to save costs through accurate print accounting, enhance security, increase flexibility and productivity resulting in improved performance, while lowering waste and carbon footprints, said Mohammed Vachiat, product manager at Konica Minolta South Africa.
According to Mohuba, Konica Minolta South Africa has successfully provided managed print services that are flexible, innovative and act as an enabler to enhance the learning environment. The company has also positioned technical staff on site to assist students and faculty members on a daily basis, ensuring proper usage and understanding of the systems and reducing wastage.