MSP Today Expert Feature
February 13, 2013

Xerox Offers Embedded Printer Security for the Mobile Workforce with ConnectKey Software System

Addressing the growing prevalence of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, along with the unique needs of the mobile workforce, Xerox has rolled out its ConnectKey software system.

This set of solutions is embedded in Xerox multifunction printers (MFP) and offers advanced IT security across connected devices from McAfee (News - Alert).

The ConnectKey solution with embedded security will be included 16 Xerox MFPs, including the new WorkCentre 5800 and 7800 Series, and will feature an added layer of security through Cisco's (News - Alert) TrustSec, which protects data paths to and from the devices.

The ConnectKey open API enables managed service providers (MSP), sales channel partners, systems integrators and resellers to develop and embed apps on the MFP without any additional software requirements.

The Xerox WorkCentre 5800 and 7800 Series with ConnectKey Controllers are available now, with the WorkCentre 7220/7225 and the Xerox ColorQube 9300 and 8700/8900 Series to be available in the second quarter.

ConnectKey for SharePoint and Share to Cloud are also available now, with the Xerox Apps Studio set to be available early in the third quarter.

The ConnectKey offering is designed to simplify work with MFP apps along with cloud access and mobile printing. It also offers single-touch cloud access without the need for middleware through ConnectKey Share to Cloud. The Connect to SharePoint enables office workers to browse, convert and store documents in SharePoint and network folders, as well as store directly to SharePoint My Site or home folders.

Additional features include easy integration, since MFPs may be managed as a central part of the network. Workers may also print from an email-enabled mobile device without any special software required through Xerox Mobile Print.

They may use apps developed for iOS, Android (News - Alert), Windows and Blackberry as well, and users may elect to implement mobile print as a cloud-based or onsite solution.

North Carolina company, Concord Hospitality Enterprises, is already using a number of ConnectKey features in its headquarters, like scanning to SharePoint and mobile printing. The company, which specializes in hotel management and development, plans to expand services to its 90 hotels in North America.

"From an innovation standpoint, ConnectKey is great," said Brian Cornell, chief information officer, IT, Concord Hospitality. "My only regret is that we didn't have it sooner."

"ConnectKey was designed for one purpose: to simplify how work gets done in a secure, 'always on' world," said Douraid Zaghouani , president, channel partner operations, Xerox. "Through the MFP as a secure hub, ConnectKey's features include the ability to scan and upload documents to cloud repositories, send business-critical documents directly into workflow processes and print securely and easily from any mobile device. It’s Xerox innovation that takes hassles out of workdays and adds more productivity into workplaces."

Edited by Braden Becker