Kyocera Extends Award-Winning TASKalfa Technology Into Seven New Multifunctional Products

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – August 27, 2013 – KYOCERA Document Solutions America, one of the world's leading document solutions companies, strengthened its award-winning TASKalfa lineup today when it announced the launch of seven new color and black-and-white multifunctional products (MFPs). The new devices deliver maximum document workflow by employing many Kyocera hallmarks: proven technology, advanced design, user-friendly features, and seamless compatibility with Kyocera business applications.

Four of the seven new TASKalfa devices are high quality color MFPs: the TASKalfa 5551ci (50 pages per minute [ppm] color/55 ppm black); TASKalfa 4551ci (45 ppm color/ 45 ppm black); TASKalfa 3551ci (35 ppm color/ 35 ppm black); and TASKalfa 3051ci (30 ppm color/ 30 ppm black). In addition, Kyocera is introducing three black-and-white MFPs, each of which features high output speeds and the latest Kyocera technology: the TASKalfa 5501i (55 ppm black); TASKalfa 4501i (45 ppm black); and TASKalfa 3501i (35 ppm black). Both the color and black & white MFP series incorporates Kyocera’s updated, highly intuitive color touch screen interface with a tablet-like design, including a ‘pinch and grab’ function.

KYOCERA Document Solutions Adopts “IBM SCE+” Cloud Service for its Global CRM System

KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. (President: Katsumi Komaguchi), today announced that it has adopted IBM Japan’s (President: Martin Jetter; NYSE: IBM) cloud computing service IBM SmarterCloud Enterprise+ (herein “IBM SCE+”) to structure its globally unified customer relationship management (CRM) system “FOCUS”*1. KYOCERA Document Solutions is the first Japanese enterprise to adopt the IBM SCE+ service globally, with the company’s FOCUS system having just begun full-scale operation from this month.

As the document management environment within the business world is currently undergoing vast change, KYOCERA Document Solutions has been expanding its provision of “total document solutions” by continuously supporting its customers through the combination of various business applications and by proposing optimum document management environments.


For More Efficient Documents Don't Forget to Sweat the Small Stuff

With document production consuming 3% of revenue and office machines consuming 15% of energy, what seems like a minor aspect of business operations can play havoc with both budgets and environmental targets. The good news is that with a little attention to detail, both cost and carbon emissions can be drastically reduced. Read on for tips that can improve energy efficiency, reduce waste of resources and cut costs – all without any reduction in productivity.

Efficiency begins at home

The high profile energy-hungry systems such as datacentres have already come under scrutiny, and a range of options presented ranging from virtualisation to offshoring, but some of the easy wins could be much closer to home. Gartner estimates that on average organisations spend 3% of their revenue on document production, and The Carbon Trust calculates that 15% of commercial energy is consumed by business machines. So it logically follows that optimising an organisation’s printing and copying fleet can help reduce both energy costs and carbon emissions. Yet many organisations pay little attention to the potential gains to be made here when considering their sustainability strategy. For most organisations, consideration of the environmental impact of printing is confined to email footers asking staff to consider whether printing is really necessary, and the liberal distribution of recycling bins around the office. The more enlightened install devices capable of printing double-sided, and use this as the default setting. It may be argued that this is better than nothing, but research indicates that the effectiveness of such steps is limited, and could even be counter-productive. Recent research by KYOCERA Document Solutions discovered a significant backlash against “print green” messages, with 58% of people responding negatively to such entreaties, branding them “ineffective” at best, and “pointless and patronising” at worst.

Kyocera Printers & Multi-Functional Devices in Citrix MetaFrame Environments

Testing performed by Kyocera

Kyocera (KTD1) performs Windows 2000 Terminal Server/MetaFrame XP Presentation Server testing on all Drivers.

Kyocera selected three (3) printing devices for Citrix testing reflecting the current product line. These three devices are representative of all Kyocera devices, using the same base code common to Kyocera Products. All data derived from these three devices is indicative of all Kyocera models. As a result of tests performed, all Kyocera Printers and Multifunctional Devices and print drivers listed in the matrix of this document are supported in Citrix MetaFrame environments.

Initially devices and drivers were tested during a functional testing phase. All applicable category actions were passed during this initial phase. For the actual testing phases a variety of documents were printed from various applications. Inside each application, files of different sizes were output. The file sizes were classified as small, medium and large. Classification was based on page number, not actual file size.

All clients in the test (40) ran the applications and printing concurrently to simulate a large MetaFrame environment.

KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. positioned as a “Major Player” in IDC MarketScape

OSAKA, JAPAN – July 23, 2013 – KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc., a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, today announced it has been positioned as a Major Player, according to IDC's MarketScape: Worldwide Managed Print and Managed Document Services 2013 Hardcopy Vendor Analysis (July 2013). The report compares vendors offering worldwide managed print and managed document services.

KYOCERA has built its solution business expertise for almost a decade and continues to invest in its worldwide infrastructure with customized business applications, reliable MFPs and printers and personalized service solutions. KYOCERA aims to support companies in the optimisation of their processes and reduction of cost. “We are growing at a rate which far exceeds the industry average, thanks to strong growth in emerging MDS markets and winning Global 500 Companies' MDS deals,” said Ryuzo Morita, Director and Senior General Manager, Corporate Strategy Planning Division at KYOCERA Document Solutions. “KYOCERA MDS teams follow the 'Sales Excellence and Consulting Methodology' and our customer centric approach ensures we identify customers' pains before any assessment is started."

Kyocera Teaching Assistant Update Brings Educators Enhanced Benefits

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – July 9, 2013 – KYOCERA Document Solutions America, one of the world's leading document solutions companies, today announced an upgrade to Kyocera Teaching Assistant, a business application designed to streamline classroom workflow, reduce teacher workloads, and boost student achievement.

A device-based application, Teaching Assistant enables teachers to automatically print, scan, grade and analyze student’s test scores right from a Kyocera MFP. The new version of the application integrates fully with Microsoft Excel 2010 or higher and allows users to modify grading, add extra credit grades, and even add in essay question grades in addition to the bubble-sheet forms. It also prints test sheets with student names pre-populated, and outputs comprehensive analytics as a printed file or PDF—or CSV for import into MS Excel.

PrePrint - Kyocera Prescribe Emulation

PrePrint converts Kyocera Prescribe documents into industry standard formats, including PDF, PostScript and PCL, on a per-queue basis. PrePrint is supplied as a standalone single application embedded appliance or a VMware image and provides a reliable and cost-effective method of migrating from the Prescribe page description language.

Processing Prescribe documents could not be easier: conversion to PDF, PostScript or PCL is done simply by printing documents using LPR or raw port printing. Drag and drop hot folders are also supported, which makes conversion of document batches simple. Converted data can be routed automatically to any network printer or optionally stored as a PDF archive for emailing as an electronic document.

PrePrint queues can be configured in minutes using the intuitive, user-friendly interface. Default printer settings can be specified, including replacement of Prescribe cassette/paper tray selection commands with digital print stock or PostScript paper selection tags. 

Uniquely, PrePrint supports any output printer, as individual printer PPD files can be associated with each PrePrint queue. This allows users to takeadvantage of all the printers’ functionality, including tray and cassette selection, output bin selection, duplex and stitching.

KYOCERA Document Solutions America Introduces Business Application That Provides Instant Access to Documents via Network Home Folders

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – June 20, 2013 - KYOCERA Document Solutions America, one of the world's leading document solutions companies, today announced the release of KYOCERA HomePOINT, the latest in a comprehensive list of Kyocera-developed business applications designed to save time and boost productivity in the workplace. Kyocera designed HomePOINT to leverage an organizations existing IT infrastructure.

Without any middleware or add-ons, KYOCERA HomePOINT establishes a direct link from a Kyocera MFP to the individual user’s Active Directory account. It allows users to scan documents directly to—and print documents directly from—their existing network home folders. Plus, it makes it easy to browse through their folders/sub-folders and create new folders without leaving the MFP. This saves the user the extra step of returning to their PC or workstation to move the scanned document to its proper place.

CDMA 2000 for Wireless in Local Loop Networks

1. Introduction

Wireless technologies have been deployed in different parts of the world to provide local loop telecommunication services. Compared to traditional wireline (copper) local loop, Wireless Local Loop (WLL) technology solutions can be deployed much faster and at lower cost. In developing countries there has always been strong interest in using WLL technologies to bridge the ‘digital divide’.

Choosing the best WLL technology can be a challenging task, given the multiplicity of technologies available in different frequency bands. Many WLL technologies are proprietary, limited to a specific frequency band or only available from a few manufacturers, making it difficult to achieve the economies of scale that will lead to subsequent equipment cost reductions. Moreover, a challenge for WLL technologies is meeting the increasing demand for Internet access and broadband data applications. Not all fixed wireless technologies have been able to deliver Internet access in a cost effective manner, which has led to a limited set  of viable WLL options.

Although an operator’s choice of a WLL technology may often depend on frequency band allotments, other factors such as infrastructure and handset availability, cost (which mainly depends on volume), spectral efficiency and data services capabilities of the technology also matter. CDMA2000®1, a 3G mobile communications technology, has been chosen by many operators as a preferred solution for their WLL requirements. The WLL operation is an alternative configuration of this full mobility technology that is incompliance with the regulatory requirements of the country in which it is deployed. The majority of WLL networks in the world are based on CDMA2000 at either 450 MHz or 850 MHz. By offering CDMA2000-based WLL services, the subscriber gets both toll-quality voice and high-speed, broadband data capabilities at the same time.

KYOCERA Document Solutions Announces ECOSYS Printer Series Support for AirPrint

KYOCERA Document Solutions, Inc.(President: Katsumi Komaguchi), a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, today announced its ECOSYS FS-4300DN printer series (ECOSYS FS-4300DN, FS-4200DN, FS-4100DN and FS-2100DN) will support AirPrint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The KYOCERA printer series supported by AirPrint will be available beginning August 2013.


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