Xerox technology supports cloud services, custom apps, BYOD and more

Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) has introduced ConnectKey, a software system embedded in Xerox multifunction printers (MFPs).

May 8, 2013

Bytes Document Solutions (BDS), Africa’s leading document management technology and services company and the largest Xerox distributor in the world, has introduced ConnectKey, a software system embedded in Xerox multifunction printers (MFPs). It comes with a set of solutions that respond to an increasingly mobile workforce and the need for more advanced IT security across connected devices.

“ConnectKey was designed for one purpose: to simplify how work gets done in a secure, ‘always on,’ world,” says Warren Mande, sales director at BDS. “Through the MFP as a secure hub, Xerox’s ConnectKey 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 an innovation from Xerox that takes hassles out of the working day and enables greater productivity in the workplace.”

New Xerox MFPs with ConnectKey software will use the industry’s first embedded security protection from McAfee, giving IT managers more control and peace of mind in “bring your own device” (BYOD) workplaces. ConnectKey MFPs also have an extra layer of security with Cisco’s TrustSec, which protects data paths to and from these devices.

“With ConnectKey’s open application programming interface (API), sales channel partners, systems integrators and resellers can develop and embed apps on the MFP with no additional software requirements,” adds Mande.

Work simplified with MFP apps, cloud access, mobile printing
ConnectKey’s solutions give IT professionals, channel partners and large, medium and small workplaces fast and easy ways to get work done, including:

  • Easy IT integration: ConnectKey MFPs can be managed as a central part of the network, much like servers, for straightforward set-up and service. Troubleshooting and training can be addressed remotely by IT administrators, or self-help can be initiated with online support and videos on the front panel.
  • Print from anywhere: Workers can print from any email-enabled mobile device without special software with Xerox Mobile Print, or use apps with additional convenience features developed for iOS, Android and Windows.
  • Cloud access: With a single touch – and no middleware – ConnectKey Share-to-Cloud moves documents to repositories, such as SharePoint Online, Google Drive, DropBox, DocuShare, Evernote and PaperPort.
  • Connect to SharePoint:  Office workers can browse and store documents in SharePoint and network folders, or store directly to their SharePoint My Site or home folder. With a focus on ease of installation and maintenance, it’s designed for small- and medium-size businesses.
  • Standard apps or build-your-own: Xerox’s App Studio will let users and channel partners customise apps that make daily work processes faster. For example, a custom app for a health insurance company could scan reimbursement claims directly into the payment system from the MFP screen.