Look at papercut-mf PaperCut MF - Software for Print, Copy, Fax and Scan control and tracking on MFDs
does exactly the same thing but cheaper!
Sorry to post this random question here but i am trying to solve a problem in school using the minimum of extra hardware/software.
we used to have 3 photocopiers with login pins for each year group/dept, but everyone got to know the admin one, and thus got colour/free copying.
A solution to the above problem would be to change the pin numbers frequently and re-issue them, but admin couldn't be bothered learning a new one so their solution was :-
New ricoh photocopiers (4) controlled by a workstation running xp and equitrac control software from ricoh costing several thousand pounds ( incedentally i dont believe this cost will ever be recovered by the savings made from denying copying) The logon is authenticated with mifare id cards also used for door entry system. This system meant nobody has a PIn to remember, but is open to people lending one another their cards etc, just the same as divulging a PIN number would be in the old system.
so finally- my question is, the above ricoh photocopiers have a 'web front end' that you can read off the total number of copies made etc, but does anyone know of a make of photocopier where the 'web front end' would allow you to set PIN numbers for users, and show useage for those pins, thus removing the need for the control software/server?
i am hoping that i would be able to change the pin numbers of either everyone , or just single dept codes by just loggin into the web page of the photocopier.
printing to photocopiers ( and network printers) is currently controlled by print manager plus.
farmerste (1st July 2011)
using PMP we have only saved approx £100 per year, so at the moment the software has cost more than it has saved
i was hoping to remove the need for a complex, and expensive system to control photocopying.
I pay about £250 a year for PaperCut MF for 2 copiers, and 1000 users.
The Ricoh machines do have basic account tracking, but as I say, its basic. We didn't bother using it and stumped up the cash for PaperCut MF instead.
If you're not saving money via it, then that usually means your limits for people are too liberal and you need to restrict things more...
The issue though is not that people were lending others their pins though is it? rather that people would learn what other codes they could use either by trial and error, shoulder surfing or whatever.
What department is going to say sure put your copying on my departments here's our pin or use my card.
See attached the document to logon to the Ricoh WEB GUI to program in user codes ( per user ) and then use smart device monitor for admin to check usage on a per user basis for copies, printing etc
Obviously depending on what you restrict on the copier in the first place will determine what you can see usage wise on smart device monitor for admin ie if I only restrict copying on the copier then you will only see usage for the copier, not printing or otherwise
download for smart device monitor for admins
If the above link does not work then go to
Download | Ricoh Support Europe
scroll to the very bottom of the page
Under network mfp / printer management section there is a link for smart device monitor for admins, click this, then click the external link to take you to the download page
Won't let me edit the above post but if you get stuck drop me a pm or post back
thankyou for the help, most useful.
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