Xerox unveiled ConnectKey, a software ecosystem that will be standard on its multifunction printers (MFPs) moving forward earlier this morning.
Through McAfee and Cisco TrustSec, Xerox has stated that they plan to address security threats “proactively”, so that they are thwarted before compromising a business’s systems. The Application Programming Interface (API) for ConnectKey will also give companies the ability to customize apps for MFPs to optimize workflow specific to a company’s processes.
The MFP will act as the central network for devices, giving users the ability to remotely scan, upload, send, and edit documents and workflow processes, along with secure mobile printing. ConnectKey will allow for scanning to SharePoint and will feature compatibility with services such as Google Drive, DropBox, Evernote, PaperPort Anywhere, and Salesforce.com. Another ConnectKey feature is that it will be able to create PDFs from Word and Excel documents in order to make them entirely searchable.
By keeping BYOD in mind for both enterprises and small to medium sized businesses, Xerox hopes to improve efficiency for mobile workers in terms of connectivity as well as security. Employees will have endless options when it comes to sharing and printing data, whether they are in the office or not. IT departments will also have the luxury of being able to remotely address any security or performance issues with machines, and users will also be able to follow prompts on an MFP’s screen to troubleshoot problems.
The Xerox WorkCentre 5800 Series and the WorkCentre 7800 Series are available now, while the WorkCentre 7220 and 7225, the Xerox ColorQube 9300, and the Xerox ColorQube 8700/8900 with ConnectKey will arrive on the market in Q2 of this year.
For more info about the ConnectKey technology, visit Xerox.com.